The Rotary Shelterbus Launch

‘Rotary Shelterbus is going live in Wolverhampton!

Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of Angelo and

Gordon Essex, Angelo Buratti, Richard Green,President Mandy Poonia (RC Wednesfield.) and Luca Buratti.

Luca Buratti, supported by other members of the Birmingham Breakfast Rotary Club, the Rotary Shelterbus arrives in Wolverhampton on Friday, 29th. November.

It will provide 10 private, secure overnight sleeping pods, including for those with accessibility

Gordon Essex, President Margaret Clewly (RC Wolverhampton St.Georges, President Mandy Poonia (RC.Wednesfield),Ted Clewly, Richard Green

requirements. There is a light cooking space, washing and toilet facilities, provision for pets, and a medical/private consultation space.

The bus, once handed over in the name of Rotary in Wolverhampton, will be fully owned and operate

The Rotary Shelterbus.

d by the Good Shepherd/Enterprise Homes charities group for the homeless, whose volunteers will assist rough sleepers to regain their privacy and dignity, and be given assistance to find work.

Rotary at work in the community!


RYLA Does it Again…..

So proud of this young man. Ollie Bateman was on my mentor’s team ‘Raging Rhinos’ at the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp. Sponsored by the Sedgley and Wombourne club, Ollie said RYLA had been an enormous help in building his confidence to join the British Army,
Now, after 14 months hard training  Ollie has passed out as a member of the Queens Life Guard, Household Cavalry.
That’s Ollie front and centre in the team photo…way to go Ollie!!

Richard Green

Transforming Burkina Faso

The club recently made a donation of £250 to locally based overseas development charity Transform Burkina (

Kevin Lawrence, the charity’s Chief Executive, who came to speak at a recent meeting, said:

Thank you so much for your welcome to the Club, your letter and the wonderful news of the donation of £250. 

We will use this, as requested, in our programme to offer small loans to individuals in Burkina Faso, helping them to start a business and become more self-reliant.

Typical of those that Transform Burkina aims to support is Isaac Gumbiou, a small scale farmer in Ratyiri, a village in the north west of Burkina Faso.  A small loan to buy chicks, feed etc. has allowed him to start a chicken rearing business.

There is a good market for chickens in the nearest town and the profits from their sale has allowed Isaac to repay his loan and continue to expand his business.  The family also now have some extra income which they can use to pay for items like school uniforms and books for the children or medical costs.

In Burkina Faso, 80% of the population rely on small scale farms to survive and the ‘micro credit’ programme run by Transform Burkina aims to offer many more farmers the chance to start a business and transform their future with small loans such as the one from which Isaac benefitted.

For more information about the project, please contact Transform Burkina on


Successful Global Grant


I am pleased to say that today,our District Foundation Chair, Jane Cooper visited the last of our ‘Happy Schools’ Global Grant project to refurbish sanitation and toilet facilities, provide Elearning kits and instal water purifiers in 6 rural schools in villages near Bangalore.


The project is valued at $29,300. It was a joint project between the Wolverhampton and Bangalore Peenya Rotary clubs.


I had the pleasure of inaugurating the project at the first school during my visit in June 2018.

This is another great example of the great work that Rotary and Rotarians can achieve for the benefit of others.

PDG Richard Green.