Rotary Shoeboxes

Thanks to the efforts of Paul Lockley, working in partnership with the Bethel Christian Fellowship from West Bromwich, I was able to deliver (today) 147 Rotary Showboxes to the Preston warehouse of the International Aid Trust.

By Christmas, the gifts they contain will be in the hands of desperately poor children, teenagers and families in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. In 2018, the Rotary Shoebox scheme delivered 48952 of the boxes, to bring some happiness to so many people.

Richard Green.

The Rotary Tree of Remembrance

Pictured at the launch of the 2019 Tree appeal are President Richard Horrell and Committee Chairman Mike Colley

Members of The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton give the people of Wolverhampton the opportunity of remembering a loved one by making a donation.

A list of names of those to be remembered is published in the Express & Star and displayed in the cabinets on show in the Wulfrun Centre.

The first is Compton care which provides care and support for patients living with incurable conditions and their families. It has been running in Wolverhampton for over 36 years and offers round the clock expert care in its in-patient unit as well as caring for people in their own homes.

The second is The Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre which has been supplying oxygen treatment therapies and support for those experiencing long term debilitating conditions and short term traumas such as surgery or an accident for 30 years.

The third charity to benefit is The Haven, Wolverhampton which provides both practical and emotional support services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness

The fourth charity to benefit is The Rotary Charitable Trust and funds will be used to support good causes in the city of Wolverhampton.

We thank the James Beattie Charitable Trust and several other organisations and companies for sponsoring the event.

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.

Best Foot Forward Presentation

On the 11th September the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Clare Darke, hosted the annual Best Foot Forward Presentations. These took place in the Georgian Room at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and were attended by The Mayor’s Consort, representatives of event Patrons, District Governor Brian Reilly, the RAF and ‘Centurions’. ‘Centurions’ are those who completed 100 laps or more at the event in July. President Richard Horrell thanked all those who make Best Foot Forward so successful. Particular thanks went to all the event Patrons. It is their generous contributions to the ‘Charity Pot’ that make the event possible. Major backers of the event are the City Council, the Express & Star, the James Beattie Charitable Trust and Wolverhampton West Magazine,

The Mayor presented Certificates to the ‘Centurions’ including our first two Junior Centurions

(under 15 years of age). The Mayor then presented a plaque to a trainee from RAF, Cosford representing the RAF team who did the most laps during four hours on the day. The nominated charities for this year’s event were the Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, the Wolverhampton Coronary Aftercare Support Group and the Rotary Charitable Trust. The Mayor presented a cheque for £4150 to each of the first two charities.

The event closed with tea and cakes.

Please put the date of next year’s Best Foot Forward in your diaries – Saturday 4th July 2020 at Aldersley Stadium starting at 8 am.