Budding Engineers shine…again!

Once again it was our great pleasure to take the Rotary Junior Technology Challenge to Uplands Primary School.

Over the two days of Wednesday and Thursday March 13th and 14th.. 96 year 5 children were keen to learn how to become engineers by building a bridge for a squirrel to cross in safety. On the first day, after an invitation from the presenter Richard Green, the children named the squirrel, by a majority vote, ‘Bob’ and on the second day he became ‘Sammy.’

The children were completely engaged and enthusiastic, providing the Rotarian team with great satisfaction at being able to give encouragement and knowledge to young people.

The children had given their teams some unique and amusing names. The winners on the first day were ‘The Good Girls’ with runners up ‘The Science Squad’ and on the the second day it was ‘Shooting Stars’ with ‘Red Robot Devils’ the runners up.

Thanks are due to club members President Charles Cox, Norman Holmes, Stuart Williams and Richard Horrell together with District Youth Service committee members Robyn and Trevor Davies and Peter Langdon for coming along to be part of the team; also we give a very special thank you to Brian Bailey who worked extremely hard in preparing the copious amount of material and equipment needed in advance.

PDG Richard Green

The Rotary Jaipur Limb Project – bringing hope and dignity.

At the 26th annual mega limb camp carried out by the Rotary club of Bangalore Peenya in January 2024, supported by a grant from Rotary Jaipur Limb UK, 1777 amputees and others suffering from deformities received lifechanging support.

595 artifical limbs, 551 callipers, 74 LN4 artificial hands, 510 crutches and 44 wheelchairs were made available free of charge. The men, women and children who benefitted were of all ages ranging from the very young to the very elderly.

The RJLP trustee and director for India, Past District Governor Richard Green was on hand to give advice and encouragement to the dedicated team of technicians and Rotarians who worked tirelessly over 5 days, from 8am until 10pm every day.

Of the many recipients, one example was 10 year old Ravindra, deformed from birth, whose feet and legs were so mishapen that he could only crawl around the ground in his village.

After he had been assessed and had plaster of paris moulds made, the technicians were able overnight to make specially fitted artifical limbs. Once these were attached Ravindra was able to raise himself up onto a walking frame and immediately propel himself around.

One little boy who has his dignity and hope restored. His smile tells the story.