From our roving ambassador in India –
PDG Richard Green
My privilege to attend the Rotary Jaipur Limb. Camp today at Duthie school, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadhu, South India organised by the Rotary club of Nagercoil South and supported by funding from many clubs in the UK and the Rotary Jaipur Limb trustees.
136 amputees will receive Prosthesis free of charge.
They include Maurice. (many people have western names because of the church influence in this area.).He worked as a tailor before he lost both hands and lower legs in a bus accident. He will be able to work again with the new limbs and LN4 hands.
Truly a magnificent Rotary project.
PDG Richard Green
Tree of Remembrance Chairman Mike Colley receiving a certificate of thanks from The Haven’s Hayley Powell.
Hayley Powell was our speaker on 4th February, a week after receiving the Tree cheque for The Haven. She spoke passionately about the ‘global domestic abuse epidemic’. The Haven is clearly helping effectively in its 5 refuges – there are 275 refuges in England and Wales. (This compares badly with the c.1500 animal refuges!) St Georges Hub receives abused men. 1 in 4 women are affected by abuse in England and Wales. Not just physical abuse (‘battering’) but sexual, honour-based, forced marriage, financial, coercive control and ‘gaslighting’. Children (up to 16 years) must also be catered for in the Haven’s list of advice and therapy sessions : legal., benefits , finance, and, when the women and children leave the refuge , help with resettlement. Their therapeutic services include self-esteem sessions, yoga, knitting, hairdressing as well as visits to the swimming baths, a farm the Safari Park. The Haven is fulfilling a much needed role as it deals with often harrowing cases. Is action being taken to combat this epidemic? Well the word is going out and the stories reach the Archers and the Soaps. Are the abusers being dealt with? In both cases there continues to be more to do and Hayley expressed deep gratitude for our help.
The Club is also proud to announce that The Haven will be one of the beneficiary charities from the Best Foot Forward event at Aldersley Leisure Village on Saturday July 4th
Rotary Young Musician
A good crowd attended the Wolverhampton Music Service for the Area Round on 4th February where 9 contestants performed delightfully. Richard Green was a compere plus, introducing Rotary activities between the performances to allow adjudicators Simon Platford (Wrekin College)and Peter Edwards (Music Education Hub) to collect their thoughts. After the performances Simon and Peter gave sympathetic critiques to each musician while praising the overall high standard. They concluded that the best instrumentalist was Oliver Pritchard-Jones (clarinet) and the best vocalist Fiona Winning. Oliver fluently played two contrasting pieces – Lou Cabridan apparently means ‘the bee’. Fiona sang three contrasting pieces and filled the room – ‘prends garde ä toi’ (‘watch out!’) resonated. The winners now go forward to the District Final, at the same venue on Sunday March 1st. We wish them all a good future in music.