Heart of England Rotary
The District brings together 63 Clubs and some 1,650 Rotarians in an area centred on Birmingham and the West Midlands and including parts of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire. From Lichfield in the North to Shipston-on-Stour in the South, from Rugby in the East to Bewdley in the West we serve those multi-racial communities which are truly at England's heart.
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I give below a brief description of Warwick Rotary Club's plans: -
There have been cultural links between Warwickshire and Bo for the last four years, including teacher exchanges, and school project support from Leamington and Warwick Rotarians, led by a Leamington based charity which promotes educational and vocational links. The link between Warwick and Bo is therefore established.
We will have a Piper to play, a Haggis to “cut you up wi' ready slight”, and to be addressed in the traditional way by Peter. We have an excellent set of Whiskies to taste as well, plus a classic Burns Night Supper.
While well-blessed with educational opportunities in Kinver, people in other parts of the world may not be so fortunate. Kinver Rotary Club has already supported an educational project at Rotak in India, some sixty kilometres south-west of Delhi. Children from the shanty towns may not be educated unless they are supported and this project prepares children for education and helps them into school. They now need a minibus to transport the children to the charity and to school – education in India is the best way out of poverty.
Shelter Box is currently deployed in Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Philippines, Syria. The attached operations report contains further details about where Shelter Box is active and what they are providing to support communities in need of humanitarian aid.
Public donations are vital to ShelterBox’s continuing work. To make a donation please ring 0300 0300 500 or go to www.shelterbox.org to donate online and get the latest updates on their response to disasters around the world.
A successful Pro-Am Golf competition was once again held at Copt Heath Golf Club when £8000 was raised in support of local charities. Presentations were made to both Acorns Children's Hospice and Dream Makers each receiving £2500. Our thanks to all those who supported us and gave us sponsorship to makle this such a successful event.
The DEC has launched an appeal for the people affected by the Ebola Crisis
Lichfield Rotary Club have responded to the Rotary national appeal to support aid work addressing the Ebola epidemic in Africa. A cheque to Medecins Sans Frontieres has just been dispatched; and a further commitment to a special event to raise some more funds for MSF is being arranged. Well done fellow Rotarians at Lichfield Rotary Club!
World Polio Day: 24 October 2014
World Polio Day is quickly approaching on October 24th. This is a chance for Rotarians, clubs, and districts across the world to come together to fight polio. There are many ways you could mark the day. Dedicate your club meeting to focus on Rotary’s work to end polio that week. Community fundraisers on/around World Polio Day are great a way to raise awareness of our cause in the general public. You could take the opportunity to remind government officials to support the global commitment to a polio free world- Rotary’s top priority. On World Polio Day, wear your End Polio Now pin and encourage your friends and family to do the same.