On behalf of the International Committee of the Rotary Club of Douglas, Isle of Man, Rotarian Peter Wood recently handed over a cheque for the sum of £740 to the Rotary Club of Loughborough in support of the Schools Rainwater Harvesting Project in Tanga, Tanzania. The Project aims to collect the rainwater which falls on the roofs of schools which can then be stored and used to meet all the school hygiene requirements during the dry season of the year – which can often last for 3 months or more.
International Committee Chairman of Douglas Rotary, Ann Reynolds, explained:” This contribution from our Club will assist in obtaining a Global Grant in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Loughborough and the Rotary Club of Tanga. This is a great example of Rotary Clubs working together on an International basis”.
The Project will be overseen by the Rotary Club of Tanga who will ensure the swift and complete installation of all the necessary work.
The total amount raised by the 3 Rotary Clubs was £6,500 which is sufficient to equip 8 schools in this district of Tanzania.
In the accompanying photograph we have (l-r): Rotarians Peter Wood (RCO Douglas, International Committee), Dick Howard (RCO Loughborough PP & International Committee Chairman) and Carl Hughes (RCO Loughborough President).
As Secretary and Webmaster for the Rotary Club of Douglas I recently received a plea for help through our Club Website. It came from a German Rotarian who has been desperately trying for several months to secure accommodation for himself and 3 friends (1 Rotarian, 2 Round Tablers) on the Isle of Man to enable them to attend our world-famous TT Race Week this in June this year.
In a moment of inspiration he sent a query through our website which I received and immediately circulated to our 70 members to see if anyone was able to help. I am pleased to say that within 2 hours the necessary accommodation was sorted out and we have 4 very happy German people looking forward to visiting our island in June. As one of them said in his email in thanks “It was a great example of Rotary in action”. It also demonstrates that as well as striding the global stage with campaigns like ‘End Polio’, Rotary can still do the ‘little stuff’!
Howard Callow Secretary, Rotary Club of Douglas
The Rotary Club of Wigan is pleased to announce that out of the many entrants to their 52nd annual quiz there was only one all correct entry.
The winner, John Lee of Standish, is declared the Master Quiz Man of 2012.
The answers were: Torranyard, Warrington, Aysgarth, Slimbridge, Thorpe End, Hawkshead, Eardisland, Netherfield, Illogan, Glespin, Handcross, Tawstock, Bradford, Etchilhampton, Fairseat, Owlsmoor, Rhives, Eastry, Colne, Harpswell, Raskelf, Irthington, Seathwaite, Tattersett, Maylandsea, Aymestrey, Surrex, Adversane, Nordelph, Drymen, Ashcott, Lethenty, LLandovery, Trebetherick, Heniarth, Rattar, Owermoigne, Treen, Heath, Evesham, Herbrandston, Occold, Uplowman, Swordale, Exted, Nevern, Overseal, Threepwood, Argoed, Trewalder, Heast, Ideford, Nantgaredig, Garreg
Rotary President Venk Mani said “A big thank you to everyone who purchased the entry form and special thanks to all those who entered this year’s Quiz. Congratulations to the winner John Lee, our Master Quiz Man for 2012”. The money raised from this quiz will go towards supporting both local and international projects.
Following a presentation from Rotarian Bill Leslie of the Ellesmere Port Rotary Club advocating support for the “Roll Out the Barrel” project, Widnes Rotarians held a Race Night and raised £1,000 for the project. A successful application for a Rotary Foundation District Simplified Grant added a further £500
The Charity provides rolling barrels to enable villagers in Kenya and Zambia to collect water. These can be pushed and pulled along the ground rather than men, women and children struggling to transport water in extreme heat with containers on their heads. It often falls on children to rise early in the morning to undertake this task.
“This is a simple idea that will ease the transporting of water by people in African countries and we are pleased to add our support.” said Widnes President Harry Cummins.
“Our funding will provide 50 barrels and will replace the strenuous and traditional method used since the dawn of time. This will help prevent the physical injuries and impairment that transporting heavy loads in this way can bring. We are thankful to the District Foundation Committee for approving a District Simplified Grant to enhance our Club contribution.”
Photograph shows Widnes President Harry Cummins (right) and Rotarian Bill Leslie exchanging Club banners. Bill has a firm grip on the cheque
The Rotary Club of Astley were out in force in the week leading up to Christmas with the ever popular Christmas Float.
Members of the club, under the leadership of Derek Ratcliffe, had carried out extensive renovations earlier in the year, so as to ensure that the residents of Astley were not disappointed by the float's absence.
The float toured the streets of Astley on four evenings, as well as being in attendance during the daytime at Tesco Extra in Leigh one day and at Sainsburys in Leigh on a full weekend.
Many young children were thrilled to see Santa Claus visiting their neighbourhood, with thanks from the Rotary Club to the residents of Astley and Leigh for their generosity in contributing to the Rotary Club's Christmas Charity collection.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is an opportunity for Rotary Clubs to honour members and others for their outstanding service to Rotary and society. It is not an honour that is bestowed lightly being the highest award in Rotary and we are very proud of our members who have received this prestigious award.
District Governor Colin Ince was delighted to present Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Ken Tonge at the Runcorn Rotary Christmas function held at Runcorn Golf Club. This recognized his contribution to the community in Runcorn and Cheshire over many years. Ken was one of the first participants in Cheshire to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and until recently continued as a member of the Halton Committee having been County Co-coordinator for Cheshire. His professional career as a Youth Leader at Castlefields Youth Centre, Lords Taverner’s Youth Centre, Windmill Youth Club and Ditton influenced and touched the lives of many young people in Halton. Subsequently Ken has been Chairman Lords Taverner’s Youth Centre for 12 years.
A donation from Wigan Rotary Clubs ‘Dragons Den’ event has enabled St Anne’s Parent & Toddler Group in Beech Hill to purchase some much needed equipment.
Barbara Howarth a team leader at the group explained ‘ We were invited to the Wigan Rotary Dragons Den event and made a presentation to the ‘Dragons’ who awarded us sufficient money to purchase a new carpet, slide, games and walkers. This has not only brightened the room but given the children a lot more things to play with’.
President of Wigan Rotary Venk Mani explained ‘ The idea of our Dragons Den event is to help local community groups where a donation of a few hundred pounds can make a great difference, to not only the group but the local community. We are delighted that some of the money raised from our activities with Santa and his sleigh (in December) was used in this way and will have a positive effect for some years to come.’
The Rotary Club of Wigan commenced it’s Christmas fund raising efforts on the 1st December and were somewhere in the Wigan area every day during the month. Full details can be found on the clubs website www.wiganrotaryclub.org. If anyone would like to find out more about the club, or is interested in helping with the community work the club undertakes, then please ring 07813 471000.
Pictured left to right:-Gillian Taylor, Aujke Clegg (Rotary Dragon), President Venk Mani, Barbara Howarth, Vicky Booth