PRESIDENTS NOTES. Hello again everyone. As I write this note “the greatest sporting show on earth” enters into its second week. I am, of course, talking about the 19th World Cup of Football in South Africa. Whilst highlighting the impressive skills of the best players in the world of football it also shows again the positive impacts that sport can potentially have in the local communities of the host nation. This is particularly evident in a country like South Africa, once cut-off for more than two decades from sporting, cultural and commercial contact with the rest of the world due to is apartheid practices, is now a thriving “Rainbow Nation” of ethnic backgrounds. It still, of course, has many challenges to its future prosperity to face, not the least of which is reducing the incidence and impact of HIV-AIDS on its residents.
In the weeks ahead, I look forward to one of Australia’s traditional sporting foes continuing to demonstrate to the rest of the world that they are truly worthy of more attention as, with more contact in all facets of life, comes acceptance of diversity and an undeniable tidal wave of improved economic, national and individual prosperity.
“If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; if not, why then, this parting was well made” (Julius Caesar, Act V)
Till next time.
Paul Harris (1979)
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