"I saw women and children lying dead as I helped pull them out of collapsed houses."
From the District Governor
Rotary Clubs in RotaryGBI have many friends and contacts in Nepal through the projects that they are working on and are shocked to see the devastation caused by the earthquake. Rotarians across the country have responded and are giving people the opportunity to send help.
Liz Odell PP Nailsworth RC is a ShelterBox Response Team Leader, left for Nepal on Tuesday and will be providing ShelterBoxes to the many families that need them. We wish her a safe journey.
We have set up a District Fund so Clubs and Rotarians in the District can contribute.
This fund will be specifically for D1100 projects, in both the short and longer term.
Dr Tim Mitchell of Bristol Club has offered to use his many contacts with Rotary Clubs in Nepal, and in particular his links with PaharTrust Nepal (PTN): www.pahar-trust.org, and Global Action Nepal (GAN): www.gannepal.org.np. He will be the District contact if you want to know anything about Nepal.
We will be using the Pahar Trust and Global Action in Nepal as our contact for spending the money. Further details are on the website. It is these organisations that we have worked with before to provide schools and health centres.
Tim says “The areas in which our schools are situated have been relatively unaffected. There has been damage, but not to the extent that you will have seen on the TV from Kathmandu.”
Clubs have responded fantastically to the news of the disaster and there will be lots of Clubs out this Saturday collecting for ShelterBox and Rotary charities. Others have sent money to ShelterBox already from their charity accounts. One club is busy baking cakes to sell on Saturday, others are collecting in Farmers Markets.
RGB&I have set up the RIBI Donations Trust for the Nepal Earthquake appeal. This is for long term, sustainable community projects that they will support once the immediate emergency has been dealt with.
Sam Rides comes 2nd out of 6500 entries.
Sam, sponsored by Portishead RC, competed in the Young Chef National Finals in Wrexham with the 8 Regional winners. There were 5 judges, including a chef from the sponsors, Filippo Berrio, a local Michelin* chef, and Tom Hamblet who was the winner of last year’s competition. At the start the lead judge, Christopher Basten, Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs, explained to the contestants and supporters what they would be looking for. This would include polished glasses and cutlery on the laid out table, hygiene, health and safety, evidence of no finger marks on dishes, clearing up as well as presentation and of course taste. The RIBI President awarded her with a certificate, a trophy and a cheque for £150.
Lydia Kenny playing Alto Sax won the Regional Final held at the Bristol Grammar School 2 weeks ago. Lydia also plays violin and attends Rednock School. South Cotswolds RC sponsors Lydia. The RIBI final is being held on 16 May in Darren Vale. We wish Lydia every success in the Final.
Cirencester have inducted 3 new members as follows:
Debbie Burroughs, Vince Harris and Marjorie Stoner
whilst Cotswold Tyndale have inducted Linda Heath and Worcester Vigormia continue to go from strength to strength with Dr Bob Ingles as a member.
We welcome them on board with us all and wish them a great time as Rotarians.
A number of people who attended the District Assembly last Saturday have asked about Sarah the speaker and CEO of Afghan connection and if they could get more information. We are writing about Afghan Connection for the next edition of 'Rotary' which will feature articles on the country. If you would like further information then please get in touch.
Afghan Connections website is as follows: www.afgahnconnection.org
Cotwold Tyndale nomination Cloe Ball wins RIBI Young Citizen Award
Chloe Ball is a sports-reporting, media savvy, international sports woman with a zest for life who has shown herself capable of overcoming the enormous hurdles created by her medical condition of Muscular Dystrophy . The high-point of being selected to join the wheelchair racing team for the 2012 paralympics, was cruelly cut short when an almost fatal illness intervened and destroyed that option. Afterwards, through dogged determination, she re-focused her life and was selected to join the Paralympics Archery GB squad. This has resulted in her competing for the UK in Bangkok, The Czech Republic, and breaking a world record on the way to a personal Bronze and a team Silver medal at the European Championships in Switzerland. Her award was presented at the RIBI Conference in Belfast
Vocational Training Team
Clubs wishing to help and contribute a minimum of £300, are asked to let DG Martyn Harwood have your cheque payable to Rotary VTT.
If your club contributes, they will be able to put forward candidates to be team members; have a VTT member share their experience by speaking at your club. Club members will be able to attend a conference organised by the VTT in Sofia (at their own cost).