Wear that Crocus with Pride,
because the only way to conquer this dreadful disease is by vaccinating millions of children throughout the world, and your donations are making that possible. With India recently declared polio free, the disease has been eliminated in all but 4 countries, one of which is war torn Syria. In the other three countries, the number of new cases recorded annually is thankfully down to just a handful, in two cases single figures. Polio will be eradicated and remember that each £1.00 you gave is doubled in value courtesy of the Bill & Malinda Gates foundation.
We are indebted to the Birchwood Shopping Centre Management for permission to collect on their premises and hope to be allowed in again at some future date.
One of the joys of interacting with the public in this way is that of hearing their stories and reactions to our work. Several had family members who, as children had suffered from polio, others were looking forward (in April) to the Christmas Float touring the streets again; one person said “Christmas begins when you guys appear”. Well we can assure everyone that, after our towing problems last Christmas, arrangements are already in hand for both street touring and static use of the Float, with Santa on board.
Carnival time is here. You will have seen us at Culcheth Community Day with our “Play Your Cards Right” stall (our thanks to Mike at the Cherry Tree) and we have stalls booked for our Coconut Shy at The Birchwood Carnival on Sunday 7th June and later at the Croft Carnival. So, come and join us, enjoy yourselves and your generosity will help us raise additional funds for good causes.
This year, our Club has purchased 3 Shelter Boxes and 3 Aquaboxes to be sent to the Vanuatu and Nepalese earthquake areas. Shelter Boxes contain a 10 man tent and basic survival kit; the Aqua Boxes hold water purification plant and welfare items. During the past decade, hundreds of these boxes have been bought by Rotary Clubs in Great Britain & Ireland giving some relief to unfortunate people in disaster areas throughout the world.
There are over 50,000 Rotarians in 1845 Clubs in the UK and Ireland alone, enjoying an active social life whilst supporting these causes and other charities at home and abroad. We need new members to help with this valuable work, so why not find out more about our movement; you might like what we have to offer.
Phone Bernard Groom – 01925 733893 or visit Rotary District 1285 website for more information