RI Convention in Sydney, Australia, Part 6 (August 30, 2014)
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This series of interviews from the RI Convention in Sydney begins with the young—two Youth Exchange students who are having the adventure of their lives as they spend a year in Australia, away from homes in Finland and Denmark. Then we learn about the versatile Backpack Bed, which becomes a fireproof mattress with screens and a hidden, lockable pocket; these are distributed to homeless people who would otherwise sleep on concrete or the ground. Lynne Aldridge represents Mediators Beyond Borders, an organization that uses mediation to resolve international disputes and bring peace. Celeste Mergens describes Days for Girls, an international intervention she founded that provides washable hygiene produces for female teenagers and adults in Third World settings. Although Dolly Parton was not at the Convention, her Imagination Library—free books for children from birth to age five—was represented. Finally RadioRotary co-host Jonah Triebwasser talks to incoming Rotary International President