PolioPlus and Afghanistan.

PolioPlus Leader’s words of encouragement regarding Afghanistan.


Many Rotarians have expressed concern about the future of our Polio Eradication Initiative – when ultimate success is so close.

However, RI Past President and 2021/22 Chair of The Rotary Foundation, John Germ, said yesterday that Rotary’s team has been working with the Taliban for some time and “we need to remember the Taliban have children too – and want them protected against Polio.

We acknowledge the tragedy of the situation in Afghanistan, but there have always been obstacles in the way that have been overcome. 

We have only one wild virus case in Afghanistan and Pakistan for the past eight months – and very little trace is being found in environmental samples. We need to work with all elements of leadership in that country and the anti government element has indicated a willingness to work with us.

Historically, the Taliban have never been against Polio vaccination. They are wary of people involved in delivering the vaccines but they want to target the end of Polio and are very well organised.  

In 2021, despite internal conflicts and a global pandemic, Afghanistan is seeing unprecedently low transmission of wild polio, with just one case reported this year. Not only has the country seen a drastic reduction in cases of wild polio, polio surveillance data confirms this progress and significantly less virus is being detected in the environment.

As conflict in Afghanistan quickly evolves, we must advocate for the children of Afghanistan. The Polio program must work and communicate with all stakeholders involved to ensure that polio immunisation remains a priority to ensure the gains we have made against polio do not diminish.

We look forward to working with our polio eradication partners and the Afghani people to completely eradicate polio.”  concluded John Germ.

Membership Drive in Top Gear

New Rotarian Gail Reynolds


New Rotarian Ade Adeoye

On 20th July we were able to welcome 6 new members to our club. This was a lovely start to our Rotary year which started on the 1st of July .

New Rotarian Polly Bhambra

New Rotarian Lorraine McCarthy

New Club Member-Rotarian Judi Barry

New Club Member-Rotarian Nigel Mills

Two of these new members were seasoned Rotarians who joined us from another club   so have lots of experience. The four othermembers were people who have come to us through their knowledge of Rotary or by recommendation. They have backgrounds in health care education and business. The wonderful help and experience of these new members will help our club continue to support our Rotary work at home and abroad .We welcome like minded men and women who want to give something back to society and who can help others less fortunate than ourselves. Details on how to find out more about our club can be found on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sylvia Morgan


Membership chair

The Rotary Club of the City of Wolverhampton.

Young Citizen Ceremony Postponed


Wolverhampton Young Citizen Awards ceremony postponed

In view of the extended Covid restrictions, the Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the year awards ceremony has been postponed until September 16th.

Organising Committee Chairman Rotarian Roger Timbrell , said:

‘There were record entries this year and the judges report that the selection of finalists has been a difficult job. Many of those who are not selected as finalists have made such significant contributions to their community that they will receive certificates of commendation’. As Wolves legend John Richards says in his video recorded to promote the awards ‘ These awards celebrate and recognise all the voluntary work that young people do. No act of kindness, however small, should go unrecognised. Just a nomination alone is a powerful way to say thank you’ To view his video and that of other supporters including B.B.C. T.V.Repair Shop star Jay Blades go to www.wolverhamptonyoungcitizen.org.uk

Awards will be given in two age categories : 13 – 18 and 19 – 25.  Subject to Covid 19 restrictions the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 16 September in the Mayoral Suite.  The ceremony will be hosted by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, who is one of the judges, and the winners will be announced by Chairman of judges Peter Madeley, political editor of the Express and Star.

These awards were devised and are sponsored by the five Rotary Clubs in the city and organised in partnership with the City Council, The Express and Star, Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation and supported by Carvers Building Supplies Ltd. and the James Beattie Charitable Trust.

Contact: Roger Timbrell    roger.timbrell@yahoo.co.uk

President Handover July 2021

As the club starts it’s Centenary year Richard Green becomes our President. Having been President 10 years ago, Richard commented that this was in keeping with the spirit of recycling, but he feels honoured to be asked to serve the club and the ideals of Rotary once again.

The President 2020-2021 Brian Bailey hands over the chain of office to the new President for 2021-2022, Richard Green.

Cradle support at New Cross Hospital

The Grant Giving Committee of our Club recently awarded Cradle Charity £200 for their work at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Acknowledement below for their local ambassador, Bekki Llloyd-

‘CRADLE is a national charity that supports the NHS and bereaved parents who are receiving care following the loss of their baby or in some cases babies during early pregnancy.

One of our projects is the Comfort Bag project, given to bereaved parents during their hospital stays. Many of the bereaved parents find themselves being admitted to hospital during an emergency with basic toiletries not available. Also, within these bags will be leaflets signposting women and their partners to our services offering immediate support.

The £200 donation will go towards funding empty yellow comfort bags and specialist baby loss counselling sessions for individuals and couples’.

Bekki Lloyd

To email Bekki- CLICK HERE

Website  www.cradlecharity.org


Club Helps the Needy in India

The City of Wolverhampton club has used the Rotary network to give desperately needed aid to India.

The Covid 19 crisis in India is a major catastrophe. By May 28th, there have been  27.7 million recorded cases with 323,000 deaths. In the State of Kerala alone, the figures are 2.7 million cases with 8,257 deaths. The true figures are probably even higher as many cases go unrecorded.

Our club decided it would prefer to take direct, rapid action rather than simply make a donation to one of the many commendable relief funds that have been set up.

Our network of well known, directly contactable Rotarians includes Past District Governor Scaria Jose of the Rotary club of Changanacherry, Kerala,  who serves as the Rotary Jaipur Limb (RJL) Ambassador to India and is well known to our member, Richard Green, the RJL Trustee and Director for India. Scaria advised that there is a desperate need for oxygen concentrators – machines designed to provide relief to patients with severe breathing difficulties associated with Covid. By contacting fellow Rotarian Binoop Paul, Scaria established that a concentrator, manufactured in China, could be purchased for £728. The funds were rapidly despatched to the supplier, Binoop’s employers, N2 Healthcare in Cochin.

The unit arrived in Mumbai on May the 26th and was transported across country to Cochin and delivered to Scaria Jose’s house on May 27th.

It was handed over to the government public hospital in Changanacherry on May the 28th, where it was accepted by the hospital superintendent, Doctor Ajith, in the presence of the local member of the State Legislative Assembly, Mr. Job Michael and other Rotarians from the Changanacherry club including President Saju.

Job Michael expressed his heartfelt thanks to all the Rotarians involved in extending help to the needy patients during what he described as the current calamity.

Now, Binoop has been able to source 5 BiPap (Bilevel positive airway pressure) machines and a number of other clubs have sent funds to purchase these. Delivery is expected during the first week of June.

PDG Richard Green

TV’s Repair Shop Star Supports Wolverhampton Young Citizen Awards

Jay Blades, star of the popular B.B.C. show ‘The Repair Shop’, is supporting the Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year Awards. Jay is a graduate of Wolverhampton University and used to have a furniture restoration business in the city. He is keen to encourage the community of the city to recognise young people who have helped others during the pandemic and he has produced a video which has been posted on the Awards web site

Chairman of the Young Citizen Awards Publicity Committee, Gordon Essex, said ‘ I first heard of Jay Blades’ charity work through the Wolverhampton homeless charity The Good Shepherd. Paul Berry, from the charity, made contact with Jay who readily agreed to make a video to publicise the awards. So as Jay says ‘Get nominating’  by going to www.wolverhamptonyoungcitizen.org.uk

The 2021 Awards will be given to 13 – 18 year olds and in addition there is a category for the 19-25 age group. This is to bring it in line with the Rotary National awards which are televised on the B.B.C.

Anyone can nominate by visiting the above web site. The closing date is on 31 May. Subject to Covid 19 restrictions the awards ceremony will be held on 8th. July.  Roger Timbrell, Chairman of the organising Committee said ‘I urge anyone who knows a young person who deserves to be recognised for helping others during the pandemic, or for demonstrating good citizenship, to nominate them on line’.

These awards were devised and are sponsored by the five Rotary Clubs in the city and organised in partnership with the City Council, The Express and Star, Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation and supported by Carvers Building Supplies Ltd. various local publications and the James Beattie Trust.

Contact: Roger Timbrell    roger.timbrell@yahoo.co.uk

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