741: RIBI Rotarians set Guinness Record with health initiative
- RIBI Rotarians set Guinness Record with health initiative
Rotarians in Britain and Ireland have made it into the Guinness Book
of Records with a health initiative they helped implement early this
"Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) in
partnership with The Stroke Association took blood pressure readings
from a total of 127,573 people at over 1,000 sites across the UK on 5
April 2003," reads the certificate sent to the RIBI secretariat by
the keeper of records at the Guinness Book of Records.
Clubs sponsored the event to address the alarming incidence of stroke
in the RIBI area. At each of the sites, qualified medical staff
checked the blood pressure of participants and, when necessary,
advised them about lifestyle changes and further health care. Each
examinee was issued a card to take to his or her doctor.
In some areas, up to 25 percent of those who took advantage of the
free checkup had problems they were unaware of.
"A large number of people were referred to their own doctors and
whilst I cannot provide a definite figure it is estimated to have
been about 5 percent of the total," said Don Carsley, 2002-03 chair
of the RIBI Community & Vocational Service Committee. "In one case a
lady patient was taken for immediate treatment and she wrote to the
Rotary organizer saying, 'Thank you for saving my life.' That lady
alone made it all worthwhile."
According to Carsley, the success of the initiative has inspired
numerous clubs to express a wish to repeat the Stroke Awareness Day
this Rotary year.
"Rotarians believe that stroke is a major issue for our communities
and costs too many people their lives, too many families and carers
great suffering and hardship, and costs the national health service
billions of pounds every year," said Tony de St Dalmas, 2002-03 RIBI
president. "I believe that awareness and prevention are vital and
this initiative struck a chord with the general public."
Courtesy: Rotary Newsbasket