The Wolves Toilet- Taking Shape…

Medic Malawi provides support for medical care at St Andrews, in Mthunthama, a rural area just outside the town of Kasungu in central Malawi and through the AMAO orphanage, cares for vulnerable and orphaned children.

During our last Rotary year, our Club supported their latest project- the building of vital toilet facilities by sending £2,235. Their current ‘toilets’ were wholly inadequate and the risk to health was becoming a real problem.

As we were so key in establishing the chicken business, Medic Malawi chose to name it The Wolves Chicken House. How lovely.

I received an update from Stephen Drew of Medic Malawi:

Standing near the Wolves Chicken House in Malawi will soon be ……….the Wolves Toilets. Members may recall your generous sponsorship of a poultry project at the Medic Malawi orphanage, whic

h now produces 6300 eggs per month, feeding the children and generating 10% of running costs. As Mr Josiah Sonjo, the local Committee Chairman reported:

This poultry project has come with a good number of benefits to the orphanage, workers, as well as the general community at large. To the orphans; they benefit eggs for balanced diet; they took four meals with eggs per week and daily in the porridge ingredients among others. In addition to that the orphans are learning how to look after chickens. We also collect manure in these two houses which we use in the garden. On part of workers, the little they earn per month, they are able to run their families. To the general community; they do buy eggs which are readily available at our orphanage through Wolves poultry. 

And now we are digging the Wolves Toilets. There are 85 children in the orphanage, plus carers and visitors, and this is a much needed update on their facilities: the original orphanage was built for 50 children. The orphanage ‘AMAO’, meaning The Mother House is a vital resource in the District, supplementing the totally-overstretched expectation of care within families. The local clergyman, Father Petro, wrote “AMAO is a shining star to the whole of Kasungu: the only orphanage doing well in the entire District” (an area of half a million plus people). And it   will soon have proper toilets! So thank you for your Club’s donation, every penny of which will reach the orphanage, because Medic Malawi has no UK costs or expenses.

Thank you.

Stephen Drew

Rotary- International Fellowship

Rotary – an international fellowship of like minded people doing good in the world.No matter where you go, you’re sure of a great welcome by local Rotarians.

Richard Green, of the Wolverhampton club, recently visited the Rotary Club of Sedona, Arizona USA, where he was warmly greeted by President Holli Ploog and the 44 members.

Near to The Grand Canyon, Sedona is a very attractive town, famous for its beatiful red rocks.

 

The Rotary club has a strong emphasis on supporting local youngsters. At this club meeting, they honoured outstanding high school students, as selected by their teachers. These included Alexandra Edwards and Jonathon Lamparter who were presented with a $1000 bursary each as they move on to university.

PDG Richard Green

The Big Bang Fair!

Every year the ‘Big Bang Fair’ takes place at the NEC Birmingham for young scientists and engineers. This mammoth event is designed to encourage career choices in engineering, technology and science to our future citizens. 

Well over 20,000 children attend every day with their teachers, from schools right across the UK from Cornwall to Scotland. 

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) was there. Our club member Richard Green was part of the team helping out on the stand. We demonstrated Rotary’s Technology Tournament and talked about the huge range of opportunities and competitions we make available, free of charge, to schools and youth groups. 

These include RYLA (Rotary Young Leaders Awards,) Youth Exchange, the Young Musician, Photographer, Young Chef, Youth Speaks competitions, Rotakids and Interact clubs and many others. 

Richard says ‘it’s been a very tiring, non stop week, but so very worthwhile, with a large number of teachers from right across the land asking for further details.

 

 

 

District 1210 Young Musician Final

 

Wolverhampton Rotary club played host to the District 1210 Final of the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland 2019 national Young Musican Competition at Wolverhampton Music School on Sunday 3rd. March, with Past District Governor Richard Green as MC.

A superb line up of 6 instrumentalists and 6 vocalists, having won competitions at club level from across District 1210 in Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands provided a memorable afternoon for a packed audience.

Kizzy Lumley Edwards (vocalist)

Jia Ying Wu piano)

Adjudicators James Thorpe, Simon Whitmore and Peter Aplin had an extermely difficult task to select the winners but eventually chose Kizzy Lumley Edwards (vocalist) from Ellesmere College, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellesmere, and Jia Ying Wu (piano) from King Edwards Camp Hill School for girls, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dudley, to go forward to the Regional Final which will be at Dean Close School, Cheltenham on March 31st.

PDG Richard Green

 

The Beautiful Crocus- The Rotary Campaign.

The purple crocus, which is the emblem for Rotary’s campaign to eliminate polio from the world, are in bloom in Bantock Park in

Wolverhampton. This beautiful display, created in November by the Rotary club of Wolverhampton with the help of local schoolchildren,

serves to raise public awareness of the massive effort made by Rotary clubs throughout the world to defeat this horrible disease.

 

When the project started in 1985 there were over 1000 new cases every day somewhere in the world. Last year, there were only 33 new cases – 12 in Pakistan and 21 in Afghanistan. As of 19th February 2019 there have been 6 new cases reported this year. Rotarians have donated $1.8 billion to the campaign, to which the Gates Foundation had added $450 million match funding.

PDG Richard Green