Whilst there are many things we cannot do in the community during this very difficult time, the things we can do to help others are very fulfilling. Our club is renowned for making a difference where ever and when ever we can. Every year we have the Shoebox scheme where we fill Shoeboxes for children and adults in very poor homes who may not have any money to spend on little presents for Christmas. During lockdown it has helped us to spread a little happiness . In our house alone we were able to provide 30 Shoeboxes as a family! It helped us to give something back. We asked family and friends to donate toys, toiletries, gloves, scarves and small gifts for others who may not have anything for Christmas. My granddaughter decorated the boxes and wrote caring messages to put inside. I think she learned the important lesson that not everyone is as lucky as she is . Please consider Rotary when you are looking for a new outlet for your family . To make friends, enjoy a lovely social life and give something back to society . There’s never been a better time to do something positive. We’re all in this together.
Rotarian and Past President Sylvia Morgan
A very different crocus planting in Bantock Park this year in support of Rotary International’s campaign to eliminate polio.
With Wolverhampton in tier 2 Covid19 status, the City of Wolverhampton club was restricted to just 6 stalwarts – PDG Brian Reilly, Pres. Brian Bailey, IP. Pres. Richard Horrell and Rotarians John Bloxham, David Cheadle and Charles Cox -thanks guys!
We missed having the Mayor and the children from Merridale Primary School along to help, shown here in last year’s photo. That takes us to 55,000 crocus planted over the years. Let’s hope it’s back to normal service soon!!
The Rotary Foundation provides Global Grant funds for humanitarian projects all around the world. In a typical year over 1300 grants are made, usually totalling around 86 million US dollars.These include the building of schools under a one of the so called areas of focus of the Foundation called Basic Education and Literacy.
.All the projects are carried out under the care of local Rotary clubs working in partnership with clubs in other parts of the world. In order to ensure that the grants are properly expended, the Foundation has a cadre of technical advisors with specialist knowledge who will, in normal times, visit the projects and examine all aspects, including workmanship, quality and financial management. The present Covid19 pandemic has meant that such visits have to be carried out remotely, using Zoom technology.
The City of Wolverhampton club has 2 members of the cadre. One is Richard Green who recently carried out a 3 hour ‘visit’ to a school being built by the Rotary Club of Sunyani Central in Ghana, in partnership with a number of clubs in the USA. He was helped tremendously by Dr. Zoya Kpamma, a lecturer in archtecture at the building department of Sunyani Technical University who gave his services free of charge as he carried out the inspections on site.
The project, valued at 114,000 US dollars is on course to open in January 2021 when 185 boys and girls will begin to receive a much better standard of education, and employment will be provided for 6 teachers.
A great number of Rotarians and other partners have worked extremely hard to deliver a great job in Humanitarian Service!