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St Margaret's Hospice is Somerset's very own hospice care organisation, so it is only fitting that with one in three of us either needing their services, or know someone who does, that the Rotary Club of Langport & Somerton supports them.
The cheque for £1500 that we presented will be used for child bereavement counseling and the purchase of resources for the hospices in Taunton & Yeovil.
Rotary members pictured presenting a cheque for £150 to Parish Councillor Tony Greenaway, for the proposed defibrillator in Curry Rivel.
To date over £800 has been raised towards the target of £1200.
The Rotary Club of Langport and Somerton also plans to donate a similar amount for a defibrillator in Pitney.
Monies for these defibrillators was raised at the recent Presidents Night.
We a number of our members residing in Curry Rivel it has been a pleasure to support such a community project as the Sensory Garden as part of the village's entry into Britain in Bloom.
Led by our immediate past president and Curry Rivel resident, Roger Hampton, the Club presented a cheque for £300 and witnessed the official opening on the garden that is right in the middle of the village for all to see.
Welcome Home Ed
We were delighted to be part of the welcoming party for Ed Pratt who circumnavigated the globe on a unicycle in aid of Yeovil-based "School in a Bag"
Our's was the first Rotary Club that Luke Simon (founder of the charity) spoke to and with some wise counsel and door opening it is now one of the best know charities within Rotary.
Ed Pratt's mission has been well-documented locally and nationally having raised £300,000, but we hope our small contribution of £150 will make an albeit small difference to the education of some of the worlds most deprived children.
Well done Ed.
Rural Isolation Recognised by Rotary
Langport & Somerton Rotarians are delighted to have supported the High Ham Monthly Lunch Club with a small investment of £75 for their members to purchase of heat trolley to keep lunches fresh and hot for longer.
The group is one of the small community groups that supports more elderly residents living alone in the rural area around High Ham by giving them to opportunity to join friends in the village hall for a community lunch on a monthly basis.
Rotarians Roger Hampton (President) and Gerard Tucker (also the District Councillor for the area) present the cheque to the group's leader Gwen Chubb.
During the eighteen months to the end 2017 the Rotary Club has invest over £14,000 to a variety of local and international projects with funds raised at a plethora of events and activities within the Langport & Somerton community.
Our Young Are Our Future
Langport & Somerton Rotarians have invested in both Langport & Huish and Somerton Youth Clubs to improve their facilities and opportunities.
The donation to Langport & Huish will be used to purchase a new Gazebo for the Club to use for BBQ’s, Camping, and to assist their own fund raising.
Youth Club leader Annie Shillabeer and all the members were thrilled to receive the donation, and look forward to the Youth Club and the Rotary Club enjoying a BBQ together next summer.
Rotarians and members of the Youth Club joined forces for the photo shot proudly showing off their cheque for £250 and below Rotarians presented the same sum to the Somerton Youth Club who were equally enthusiastic about Rotary's support with a big THUMBS UP!
Rotarians in Theatrical Action
Ilminster Rotary Club enlisted the help of two Langport and Somerton Rotary Club thespians in a new project aimed at assisting Year 11 GCSE students at Wadham School, Crewkerne with their studies.
The English Workshop was based on the current year’s curriculum and featured performances taken from “MacBeth”, “The Inspector Calls” and a range of works by English Poets. Head of English at Wadham, Richard D’Rozario, later expressed his delight at this Rotary innovation and hoped this inter-club project would agree to accept future bookings.
Rotarians taking part were ex-RADA actress Kirsten Hughes (Ilminster), assisted by Roger Chadbourne and Owen Paterson (Langport & Somerton).
Water, Clean Water
The Rotary Club of Langport & Somerton was delighted to contribute £1,000 to a Ugandan water project where funds from a number of Clubs in D1200 (led by the Yeo Vale Club) as well as from the Foundation contributed to the refurbishment of a number of water wells as well as rainwater harvesting and improved sanitation for the Busoga Trust.
This is another great example of Rotary International working collaboratively between Clubs in a District, a District in the "host" country being supported, and Rotary's own charitable foundation.
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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