For the third successive year, we had set up our Anti –Polio Campaign stall in the Gates Centre on Saturday Feb 26. As always, dedicated members were there to help; running three 2-hour shifts commencing at 10 am.
The attendance in this particular event has not been terribly high; after Polio is, fortunately, no longer a problem in this country–thanks to our excellent childhood immunisation schedule and the way it is implemented. The last case of Polio in the UK was reported nearly 25 years ago !
Unfortunately, however, that is not the case in some Afro-Asian countries e.g. Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc. and in many under –fives do still contract the disease with devastating consequences of life-long disability.
Sadly In Nigeria, one very senior politician had opposed Polio–immunisation for a while resulting in an immediate reported increase in childhood Polio !
We sincerely hope, such monumental stupidity will not prevail and our combined Rotary–Gates Foundation efforts will meet with a total success and eradicate his dreadful yet preventable disease from the face of the earth.
On behalf of the Service Projects Committee of the Club, may I thank everyone who helped in this endeavour and also the Management and Security Staff of the Gates Shopping precinct.
The picture shows Ken Hahlo, Richard Sutherland, Geoffry Wright, Arup Banerjee and Brian Southwood
…. Are you ready for this?
Welcome to the Wrynose or Bust Cycling Supportive event. In our first cycling sportive event last year, the Rotary Club of Lancaster raised nearly £5000, which in turn was distributed to our chosen charities. With your help this year, we hope to raise even more money to give away to needy causes.
For the 2011 event we are supporting CancerCare, North West Air ambulance and Derian House Children’s Hosice. Some entrants are in a position to raise more money than others, but we value all contributions*.
But the main aim is for all riders, marshalls and supporters to have a great day and to enjoy one of our three tough cycling challenges through our fantastic northwest countryside:
For full details of all three rides and to keep up with current information, log on to www.wrynose.org
The best of luck – allez! allez!
With kind regards
The Rotary Club of Lancaster
* GIFT AID: If you pay tax, your gift can be worth almost a third extra at not cost to yourself, see sponsorship from fro full details
Dear Fellow Rotarians
I have received further information from Shelterbox concerning their initial assessment of the situation in Japan and a follow-up report on the first Shelterboxes to arrive.
The District WCS Committee discussed the crisis in Japan at the meeting last week, and although Japan is a prosperous and developed country, we should not ignore the massive humanitarian crisis which is still unfolding.
We have therefore recommended that clubs may wish to respond by supporting either Shelterbox or one on the other box schemes used especially in disaster relief situations.
We also recommended that cash donations to the Red Cross would be appropriate, to support the teams that have gone out from this country.
The first ShelterBoxes are heading to Japan after last Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The emergency situation is still unfolding and at this stage of the response the priority is still on search and rescue operations. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Lasse Petersen (AU) and Mark Pearson (UK) spent today based in Sendai, one of the largest cities struck by the tsunami.
Mark Pearson, who is ShelterBox’s Field Operations Specialist and has extensive experience operating in disaster zones around the world, has likened the scene to the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
‘There was a two-ton car on top of a three-story building,’ he said. ‘What we’re seeing is the same as I saw in Banda Aceh six years ago. Huge swathes of Sendai have been reduced to rubble and further north whole towns have been completely flattened.
‘We travelled to Minamisanriku, north of Sendai, and there is complete devastation, miles of debris and homes turned to matchsticks. There are food, fuel and water shortages where we are, we’re living inside of an emergency situation.
Each day almost 10,000 children under the age of 5 in Third World countries die as a result of illnesses contracted by use of impure water.
The purpose of this project is raise sufficient funds to be able to replace an existing floating jetty at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club, Pennington Flash, Leigh with a fixed jetty complete with a hoist to lift disabled people.
The Project is being led by the members of Salford Sailing Group (S.S.G.) who have sailed at Pennington Flash for over 25 years.
S.S.G. is a voluntary youth group whose aim is to bring sailing to young people mainly from across the City of Salford some of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to sail due to difficult personal circumstances.
Members of the new Salford Quays Rotary Club, helped by other Rotarians from local Clubs (Salford with Swinton; Eccles and Bury) undertook their first fundraising activity on Sunday, 20th March, at the Lowry Outlet Mall when they held a collection to raise funds for the recent Japan disaster.
The group raised £700 to purchase a "Shelter Box" which provides a family with quality survival equipment to use while they rebuild their home. Boxes contain a tent ,sleeping bags, a stove and cooking equipment, water purification and tools and equipment for 10 people to survive after a disaster.
On Saturday 19th March, District 1280 hosted the regional final of the Young Chef competition at Rochdale College. Seven chefs from across the region competed for a place in the National Final sponsored by Fillpio Berio the company which produces olive oil. Dishes produced were excellent and the competition was very close.
The winner was Oliver McGeorge from Penrith but the two competitors from 1280, Robert Waring (sponsored by the RC of Frodsham & Helsby) and Marc Rothwell (sponsored by the RC of Rochdale East) were given special awards by the chefs judging the competition.
Robert will spend time with Andrew Nutter at his restaurant outside Rochdale and Marc will visit Nigel Smith at his restaurant "The Villa" at Wrea Green. The celebrity chefs felt both young men had promise and wished to encourage their culinary talent.