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ROTARY RAISE OVER £550 FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
On Saturday 16th September, members of the Rotary Club of Langport and Somerton raised over £550 to help those affected in the Carribean by Hurricane ‘Irma’.
Members were ‘Shaking their Buckets’ outside Tesco in Langport, and Williams supermarket in Somerton to raise this fantastic amount. All monies collected will be used to send ‘Water Survival Boxes’ to the worst affected areas in the Carribean.
The box contains approx 50 essential items including a Shelter & Survival kit, Health & Hygiene, and General Household items. One key item in the box is the Water Purification Pump, that cleans and purifies dirty water and provides clean drinking water. These ‘Water Survival Boxes’ cost £150 each.
The Rotary Club of Langport & Somerton would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to the bucket collection. In recent days 500 ‘Water Survival Boxes’ have been sent to the worst affected areas in the Carribean.
If you would like to find out more about the good work that Rotary are doing both Internationally and locally in our Community then have a good look around our website.
Kick Off In Curry
The first meeting of the 'Forget Me Not' Memory Cafe at Curry Rivel Village Hall on Tuesday 1st August was a great success, and was very well attended.
To 'kick off' at Curry Rivel, there was an afternoon party with sandwiches, snacks and cakes, as well as games and sing along with Shirley on the piano.
The Memory Cafe has become increasingly popular for all those in the area who suffer from memory loss and strokes, which is the main reason for relocating the Cafe to the larger Curry Rivel Village Hall. The 'Forget Me Not' Memory Cafe takes place at the Village Hall every Tuesday from 2.30pm till 4.30pm, where all those attending have a great time.
If you would like more information about the Memory Cafe, then please contact Christine on 01458741606 or Adrienne on 01458 252710
Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance
The Club was delighted to welcome the CEO of our local Air Ambulance, Bill Sivewright, to a dinner meeting to talk about their excellent work throughout the two counties.
There was an ulterior motive of course as not only was he expected to "sing for his supper", but he was there to collect £2,500 raised at the Summer Ball.
Rotary is not all about raising money and handing out cheques, but when we do, we like to shout (or sing) about it, so below is a short montage of presentation snaps
Charity Summer Ball - A huge success
The Club's first Summer Charity Ball in May was a huge success with over 150 people attending The Edgar Hall to be "wined and dined" in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Bill Sivewright, the CEO of the Air Ambulance will be attending the Club on 27th July to talk about their work and to receive a cheque for £2,500.
If you would like to hear what he has to say and to witness the cheque handover,
then email the Secretary.
Date for your diary - the next Summer Ball will be next May with dancing to the 60's favorites The Tremelos.
Langport & Somerton Rotarians welcomed Michael Eavis CBE to the Club.
Langport & Somerton Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Michael Eavis CBE, the founder and organiser of Glastonbury Festival, on Thursday 30th March for a Dinner followed by a Q&A Session MC'd by our own Rupert Cox.
120 people attended what turned out to be one of the most succesful Rotary meetings of recent years that raised £827 for local charities, including Michael's chosen Pilton Methodist Church. The remainder will be invested in a variety of local and overseas projects that Rotary supports such as BIBIC, the Nepal Trust and the Forget-Me-Not Memory Cafe.
The Rotary Club of Langport and Somerton have planted over 6000 purple crocus corms in the area, with hundreds ready to sprout in each of the following parishes:- Curry Rivel, High Ham, Aller, Long Sutton, Hambridge, Huish Episcopi, Langport and Somerton. Across the UK over 6 million crocus corms are being planted.
The crocus's in the villages have been planted on public grassed areas and should be in flower towards the end of February next year.
Why have these crocus's been planted?
Well, Rotary's charity is called the Rotary Foundation, and next February will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. In the last 30 years the Foundation has funded vaccinating children around the world against Polio, with the aim of eventually eradicating it.
30 years ago Polio was prevalent in over 125 countries around the world. Now in 2016 Polio is in only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria), and so far this year there have only been 26 cases of Polio reported worldwide. To date over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated around the world.
When a child has been vaccinated their 'pinkie finger' is marked with purple dye to indicate which child has been vaccinated. To mark the anniversary, and the progress made in eradicating Polio, this is the reason why purple crocus's are being planted.
Rotary are working in partnership with Bill Gates from Microsoft, and for every £1 that Rotary raises then Bill Gates with give £2 to become £3. It only costs 20p to vaccinate a child.
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