Our Community & Vocational Service Chairman is
Past President Pam Merritt
Kids Out & Blood Pressure & Stroke Awareness Day
On June 13th 2012, The Rotary Club of Chigwell took around 30 young and variously handicapped children to Paradise Park near Broxbourne in Hertfordshire for a fun day out. Here the children will see and sometimes touch animals that they have only up to now only seen pictures of in books or on television. The look of delight and excitement on their faces make the whole day worthwhile for the Rotarians and helpers. They will be fed and entertained by the Rotary Club at no cost to the children or their carers.
This event takes place every year and is one of the highlights of Community Service for the Rotary Club of Chigwell.
Some pictures below of the children with Rotary Club of Chigwell members on the day of the event. See you all again next year kids, it was great sharing the day with you!
Blood Pressure & Stroke Awareness Day
Below is a photograph of the team of Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Chigwell who performed the tests at last years event.
This is just one of the many entirely free services performed by the Rotary Club for the community.
Our International Chairmen this year are President Mira Chatterjee & Rtn. Serene Martin
Congratulations must go to the previous organisers along with the Rotary Club of Loughton & Buckhurst Hill for the ‘Bollywood’ evening they arranged on the 29th October.
Early indications show that the profit for the evening will exceed £2500-00, which will be divided equally between the two Clubs, with every penny being donated to charity! The Charities who will benefit from this evening are Shelterboxes, Water Aid, Aquaboxes, Rotary Shoebox Scheme and Hope for Homes
Write-ups of just two of the mentioned Charities listed above can be found below.
The Aquabox scheme.
(Thanks go to the Rotary Club of Wirksworth for the following picture and text)
(The picture shows an ‘Aquabox’ plus contents; filter kit, water purificationtablets, muslin, tap and survival bags)
Natural disasters come in many forms – earthquake; cyclone; flood; refugee displacement – but all share a common factor. The most urgent single problem facing the relief agencies is the provision of a supply of safe drinking-water. The solution is AQUABOX, a robust plastic tank with water purification tablets and packed with essential welfare items for a disaster situation. Once the welfare contents have been removed, each AQUABOX can be used to purify up to 1100 litres (240 Gallons) of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink. which equates to 5000 cups of clear clean water.
Visit http://www.aquabox.org/intro.asp for more info.
The Rotary ‘Shoe Box’ scheme.
Originally started in District 1280 in 1994, the Rotary Shoebox Scheme was at that time intended to provide children of Lasi, in north-east Romania with Christmas gifts. Since then, the scheme has become an RIBI International Project and every District in RIBI is involved in this popular scheme. Boxes about the size of a shoebox are filled with toys or presents for children who otherwise would not receive presents on Birthdays, Christmas, or on their own religious holidays.
Gifts are now sent out throughout the year to many different countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Toys are especially useful all year round for Birthday presents in the Orphanages, Homes and Hospitals. All age groups, including teenagers, have welcomed the boxes. Go to www.rotaryshoebox.org for more details.
Since the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, and the Floods in N.W. Pakistan, these Aquaboxes and Shoe Boxes are required more desperately than before
Our ‘Fellowship Weekend 2012′ took place in Liverpool. Our then President, Pam, (Now our Immediate Past-President) worked very hard to plan an exciting program for all the Rotarians and their partners so that we made the most of our stay in this very exciting city.
For those who wanted to, Pam arranged for the group to travel to Liverpool by train, our hotel was situated just about 10 minutes from Lime Street Station. The first full day in Liverpool was spent walking around the famous sites The Liver Building and the Waterfront, the old docks which have now been completely modernised where there were the Tate Modern, tributes to The Beatles, some really unusual gift shops and restaurants. The second day was spent touring the Peak District and Buxton. The weather could have been better but it wasn’t so bad that it stopped us walking around looking at the beautiful scenery.