The nomination was made by Widnes Rotarians who were impressed by the range of activities the young people are involved with and their commitment and enthusiasm to making the local community a better and safer place to live.
The Widnes Fire Cadet Unit has 20 young people aged from 13 to 18 who meet weekly at the Widnes Fire Station. A typical night consists of a parade followed by theory sessions about the fire service in general, equipment, first aid, and community fire safety.
The Rotary Club of Astley welcomed 17 years old Gemma Heaton as a guest speaker at a recent gathering. Gemma is a maths, biology and chemistry student from Winstanley College, who will be taking a gap year before embarking on a course at Cambridge University.
Gemma will be spending her gap year, under the auspices of Project Trust, at the former British colony of Guyana, teaching school children in what is a very poor country. Gemma spoke about her various fund raising efforts to reach the target of £5,100 in order to make the trip and of her desire to help children learn in Guyana.
Pictured are Rotary Club of Astley President Derek Ratcliffe presenting Gemma with a cheque to assist her in making the trip.
A handover presentation at the Broadfield Hotel on 21 June saw former Rochdale Infirmary Renal Consultant Dr. David Smithard taking over the reigns of Rochdale Rotary Club President for the next 12 months. He is the 86th President of the club, which was first chartered in 1926.
Dr Smithard congratulated the club's first woman President Joan Banks on an exceptional year with 6 new club members, the setting up of a new Rotary Friend’s scheme, with 11 Friends so far and over £11,000 donated to various Charities.
The Rotary Club of Middleton announced that Aaron Service was the winner of their design a card competition. The cards were designed to send to The Queen, to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
The Rotary Club competition was organised in partnership with Sainsbury’s at Heaton Park.
Three highly commended entries also received an award; they were Emilie Young, Jake Holmes and Ellyss Nicholson.
Janice Powell of The Rotary Club of Middleton said: “There weren’t as many entries as we had hoped for, but they were all great. All of the entries came from year six at Bowlee School. We have sent each entry to The Palace.”
Ms Powell added: “The aim was to try and get Middleton children engaged in the Royal Jubilee celebrations and we thought that designing a card would give them all an opportunity to show off their artistic talents. It also produced something which was then sent on to the Queen herself, which will hopefully give the children who take part a sense of achievement.”
Pictured top are the Winners of the design a card to send to The Queen competition with Sue Furby and John Brooker from The Rotary Club of Middleton
and Pupils from year six at Bowlee School with Sue Furby and John Brooker from The Rotary Club of Middleton
This award, named after the founder of Rotary, is given to Rotarians who have given outstanding service to their community and followed the Rotary motto of 'Service above Self'
John Kay was very pleased to receive the award from the President, Joan Banks, at a surprise ceremony at the Club recently.
For those inspired by the 2012 Olympics to take up a sport themselves Rochdale Rotary Club organised displays from organisations around the borough in the Town Hall on Saturday morning to help people adopt a more active lifestyle.
David Acton from the Rotary Club of Rochdale had the idea of inviting sports clubs to have a free area to promote their particular sport. The activities were many and varied, from motor sport, to diving, with the more usual activities, such as by gyms and judo also being present.
A tug of war challenge, street entertainers, a bouncy castle, a climbing wall and an impressive line up of the Rochdale Olympic cars.
Rotary Club of Rochdale members manned the Rotary stand and directed and helped visitors in the Town Hall.
David Acton said: “It was most encouraging to see the support that the event attracted; a well organised event, ably supported by the Rotary Club of Rochdale.”
Pictured top : Thousands turn out to see Olympic Flame, view from the Town Hall balcony just after Torch departure and President Dr. David Smithard with the Mayor of Rochdale
It was as a result of supporting “Hope and Homes for Children” (HHC) for many years that, in 2011, Ann and I were asked if we would like to go and see the work HHC are doing in Rwanda. RWANDA!!!!!!!!!!!! – to many, the word connotes either the 1994 genocide, (resulting in the deaths of over one million people, and which cast a dark shadow over the lives of those living there and tore the country apart), or gorillas .
This was all that most people whom we told about trip seemed to know of this small , stunningly beautiful country. Despite it being 18 years since the genocide Rwanda is still a name that conjures up images of brutality and death. Would we be safe? What would we see there? However, having recently spent a week visiting the various HHC projects in and around the capital city, Kigali now, for Ann and I , it means hope for a generation of children whose lives will be changed because of the work of HHC.
Before the genocide, there were only a handful of orphanages in Rwanda. The culture was that children were the responsibility of the community especially when a child lost its parent. But it was because of the genocide and the murder of 1 million people in 100 days in 1994 that led to the sudden growth of orphanages in a country that culturally had always looked after its own children if not by their natural parents then by grandparents or extended family members.
In 1994, many parents were separated from their children. Hundreds of thousands of children were orphaned. Orphanages emerged quickly to cope with the huge number of vulnerable children who had just experienced the worst excesses of human behaviour.
Many survivors offered to take orphans into their homes because that they would have wanted someone to do the same if their own children had been orphaned. It is not untypical still to find homes with large numbers of young people living with distant relatives or complete strangers.
The coach picked up the children from Lansbury Bridge School. The school is for disabled and children with learning difficulties.
The children spent £1.50 each on sweets in the shop before going to the farm, and enjoyed ice cream, before boarding the coach back to school.
It was very enjoyable and rewarding for all concerned. We had as good a time with the children and there teachers and helpers as the children had.