Pages last updated on Friday 9th June 2017
THE ROTARY CLUB OF LEEDS ELMETE
We meet at The Bingley Arms, (The Oldest Inn in England!),
Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds. LS17 9DR.
7.00 pm. for 7.30 pm., every Thursday
(except two Thursdays around Christmas).
Our President for 2016-17 is Rotarian Dr Bill Jones, PHF. Bill is a retired doctor (Consultant Clinical Oncologist) who worked at the Regional Cancer Centre, Cookridge Hospital, Leeds from 1978 to 2003. This is Bill's second go at being President (previous term of office: 1995-6).
President Bill and Members will be delighted to welcome visiting Rotarians and guests to our meetings. (Please advise by phoning 0113 267 2925).
President Bill will write a summary of what has been happening in the Club over the prevous month, so to find out what we've been up to, visit the 'What we do' tab on the main menu, then click on 'President Bill's Blog', OR simply CLICK HERE to go to the monthly pages. Also see our 'Events and Activities' pages under the 'What We Do' tab on the homepage menu bar.
'LEAKY TAPS AND JERRY CANS'
A SUCESSFUL MATCHING DISTRICT GRANT WITH 4 OTHER LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS.
PROVIDING HAND WASHING FACILITIES IN A KENYAN SLUM.
Following a presentation to the Club in September last year by two medical students, we awarded £200 to the Carolina for Kibera NGO to buy taps to be attached to jerry cans to provide basic handwashing facilities for people in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya (if not Africa). The students had undertaken a research project in Kibera and found that lack of hand washing contributed to higher rates of diarrhoeal illness, especially in children. We were so impressed by the students and their project, that President Bill presented the project at a meeting of the Leeds Rotary Club presidents in October, and by Christmas an aplication for a District Matching Grant of £1000 was submitted. Four of the Leeds Clubs matched our further donation of £200. The grant was approved and the money, now £2,000 has been despatched, meaning that in the near future nearly 10,000 people in the slum will be able to wash their hands before eating of preparing food.
To go to the full story with more pictures: CLICK HERE
MOBILE FOLDING HOIST PURCHASED FOR IRELAND WOOD SCHOOL PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT
Leeds Elmete has had a good working relationship with Ireland Wood School in North Leeds for many years. This school accomodates children with special educational needs and integrates them into mainsteam. We work particularly with the physiotherapy department. To fulfil a need to reduce strain on carers, and to aid the comfortable transfer of children/young adults unable to stand safely, we are helping, in May 2017, to fund the purchase of a 'Birdie' Folding Mobile Hoist as illustrated in the picture. We are delighted to provide much (if not all) of the funding for this eqipment, knowing it will be put to good use for the benefit of the staff and students.
Here is President Bill presenting the cheque to Mr Blackburn the Headteacher:
PURPLE 4 POLIO - Our crocuses
Here is a picture of flowering crocus corms that were planted by members of Bardsey Parish Council, Students from Bardsey Primary School and ourselves in November. A grand show around the village and infront of the school, and of course in aid of Polio Plus. (Also see more pictures in 'Events 2016-17' in 'What We Do' or CLICK HERE)
Our Club members filled three Aquaboxes in the last Rotary year (2015-16). We have done the same number this year (2016-17), and they were delivered to the Aquabox Depot in Derbyshire on Friday 9th June 2017.
Below is an extract of an email received by Aquabox with a quote from one of the recipients in Somalia of the boxes we sent in 2012: "When I was pregnant, I had worries to cloth my babe. We dont afford food most times so monies for cloths is hard to get. I thought the box was just for water and was happy when I found the towels and the clothes. I cried and hided them for after the delivery. This is the first time I ever had something new to wrap my baby in. My oldest son Ahmed will not leave the shelter without his new books and bag. He is too proud when he carries them with the other boys. Even me, I can share the cooking utensils with my neighbors. It feels like being home again. Truely these are blessings for all of us!"
Makes you feel good that the efforts of a few people in Yorkshire can have such an impact on the lives of people in need so far away!
SCHOOLS' LITERACY PROGRAMME
A number of our members continue to help out at two local schools by hearing children read once a week. This initiative started in September 2013, and is proving to be a very valuable and rewarding experience for the students, the schools and the Rotarians involved.To read more about this initiative: Click Here.
Leeds Rotary Clubs Technology Tournament for Schools
The 2017 Technology Tournament for Schools was held on Tuesday 28th February 2107, at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, and our Club was represented by two members as part of the of the Judging Teams, as well as helping with the organisation of the day. A new record number of teams took part.
The ten Rotary Clubs in Leeds Area join forces to put on the Tournament.
Next Year's Event is scheduled for Tuesday 13th March 2018.