The whole of year 5 of Uplands Junior School – 93 children, were very enthusiastic and fully engaged with the event for the whole day. It’s very rewarding to see our young people being so great and there are a number of budding engineers there!
The standard of the way the children rose to the challenge was so high we had to award three equal first prizes.
Wolverhampton really did put their best feet forward on Saturday July 7th. We thought that there could be an issue in reaching the target number of laps in order to release the Charity Pot kindly donated by the event Patrons.
One of the hottest days of the year and a huge football match- both of which could possibly disrupt our aims.
The day started off with a bang – hundreds of people hitting the track- walking and running- but they came in numbers. Our hourly lap records of previous year being continually broken.
Then the hourly count dropped, as we approached kick off- from well over 2,000 through 1,100, 750, 500 down to 250.
There was no doubt by 4pm that we would fall short, by 500 to 600 laps, of our target of 12,625 laps needed to release the entire Charity Pot.
Then people started to drift back after the England match.
The count went back up to 400 ……., then 500………………..
With minutes to go it was announced that, with a push we might yet hit the target – chips were put back on creaking ankles, strides lengthened, pace quickened.
At 7.56, with four minutes to go, we hit the target – ending up with 12,666 laps.
Oh so close……..but job done!
Everyone who came to Aldersley yesterday and completed anything between one lap, or the highest number completed -190 laps (Brian Slater) should be proud of themselves for the effort it took to make this all work. For most of the day in the sun, as almost all of the track is, it was up to 40c. We certainly handed out a lot of water!
The website gallery and full results will be updated shortly – please take a look in a few days.
So on behalf of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, the Patrons of the event and the charities that the event was raising monies for- THANK YOU and WELL DONE.
At last, my name is on the wall of a school toilet! It’s in a village called Duddenhalli, about 40 kms south of Bangalore in Southern India. It appears on a plaque, unveiled by me to mark the first of 6 new school toilets under a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project valued at $40000, to bring fresh water and sanitation to these schools in remote villages in accordance with one of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus for grant funded projects..
The project is a joint venture between the Foundation/International committee of the Wolverhampton club and the Rotary club of Bangalore Peenya and it was my honour to be invited to attend the inauguration ceremony during a visit to India in May and June this year. I invited the head boy and girl of the school to help me to unveil the plaque and then President Savitha Suresh of the Peenya club and I duly cut the ribbon at the entrance door.
When the building work has been completed in all 6 schools it is estimated that we will have improved the well being and the quality of school life for over 2500 children.
The President of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, Paul Lockley, today presented Past President David King with an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the club at his home. David became a member of the club in 1995 and has served as President and two terms as Club Secretary. His passion in Rotary was International work and he chaired this particular committee for many years whilst still finding time to edit and publish the club monthly magazine, Hub. David was particularly proud to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2006 and said today that this award had also made him very happy. The promise of all Rotarians is “Service above Self” and David has lived up to this every day of his Rotary life. Well done David, very well deserved.
The sun was shining and the crowds came!
The winning team- Hawkes Home Improvement- raising funds for the Sedgley Scorpions Junior Football Teama and Rotary Charities.
Himley Park was the scene of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton’s 18th Dragon Boat Event. Thousands came along to see the spectacle of 18 teams of paddlers
on the Great Lake, while at the same time, raising thousands of pounds for their own chosen good cause, and at the same time, the Roatary Charitable Trust.
Its a superb team effort that makes this special event such a success with £360,000 being raised in the previous 17 years.
Third place team- Jonahs Arc from UTC
Much more about the event can be seen at http://www.rotarydragonboats.co.uk