In Gear | Rotary in Southern New Zealand In Gear - Issue 3 - Page 23

One of NRG’s selling points for her was the lack of regimented meetings and use of social media for communication. “I’m thinking about clubs and the meetings. We run The Lucy Foundation completely online. We’re in seven different cities across five different countries at the moment, and we don’t meet in person, and that’s okay because we run the entire thing through Facebook chat. We can run an international organisation that way.” NRG has thrown its weight behind Robbie and her social enterprise team. As In Gear was going to press, 9980’s newest club was holding its chartering party – a Mexican-themed night, which doubled as a fundraiser for The Lucy Foundation. “We’re just at that stage where we’re also looking at ways we can partner with Rotary, and see how we can work together.” Robbie had her sombrero at the ready for the launch party and fundraiser. It was to be her last engagement before heading to Ecuador to conduct her pioneering PhD field research among people with disabilities affected by the Colombian conflict, and who have crossed the border into Ecuador as asylum seekers. Robbie joins world’s disruptors Not long before departure, though, she received word she would need to make a detour. To Switzerland. An essay she had recently written on ‘Lucy Leg’ and the foundation as her disruptive idea, had won her an all-expenses paid trip to the St Gallen World Leaders’ Symposium, with 600 world leaders and up-and-comers coming together to debate the dilemma of disruption. Neither trip, she says, would be happening if she had not been awarded that ambassadorial scholarship in her early 20s. “I have been so blessed by Rotary. If Rotary hadn’t provided me with that opportunity when I was young, there is no way I would be where I am now, and I’ve always wanted to be part of Rotary, eventually. “So, coming down here, that was part of getting in contact – to see how I could pay it forward. “It’s just so important. As Rotary flows into young people, here is the chance for me to flow back into Rotary. Now is my opportunity.” As well as her NRG involvement, Robbie’s social contribution will continue to be a defining driver as she transitions from study – she finishes her doctorate halfway through next year – to her vocation. “I’d like to become an international expert on disability and conflict, which is more an academic research advisory role. “I see my PhD as laying down the foundation for that … very baby steps, but they’re the first steps in a very long line. “We’re at a huge risk of regression, going back to pre-human r Y\Hۛš]ˈH]HY[X[B][ݚ[ܝ\[ܙ\[ˈH[HܜYYX]\H\[XY YH۸&]X\H[X[Y]ۈ[Y\[[]] ']8&\]x&[HZ[Z[܈8$H[^\[]HX]\H\H\[&]Y[]\X[]Y\œ\[]\X]H]H][ 'H]H[\\ [H[[X[BY[[H^HY[YZ[] ^KHY[[X[\YOX[H[&][HY][ۜX]\H]8&\[\[]ZY][HX˸'B\\[ۈ\وHؘ[[][]H\HY\[\˜\HH\HوYK[YK\^Hٝ[\K'HX[HوHܛ8$[ ]\۸&]X]\]\]8&\›Y[[X[ ]8&\\X[]K]8&\[X[ ܈]]\]\8$][H\HY]]ۈZ\ՋX]\H][[[[Y[و^\Y[K]\]B[[\[[˸'BTPNN X]\]X]N˜\Y\XNN ܙ