This committee deals with international projects and disaster relief work.
Plans for the year:
Barrie Birch (Chair), Committee Member: Robert Allan
I recently picked up a very comprehensive guide to the Bradford Literary Festival from the Bradford Club.
I was amazed by the richness and diversity of the events planned by an obviously inspired and dedicated team of organizers. There is a wealth of events ranging from children’s comics to the complexity of the Brexit negotiations.
My particular interest in this event is the internationality of it and the open invitation it offers to all sectors of the diverse community that is Bradford to become involved.
The attempt to promote the activities of Kala Sangam – centre for arts, theatre and dance from the South Asia region didn’t fully materialise for various reasons last year. We had a comprehensive talk about its formation from the founder Dr. Gheeta Upadyaya and the objective this year is to have a presentation from the organization at the Bradford Club with appropriate video display.
Robert Allan has agreed to arrange a presentation from this organization which seeks to find mainly new or used children’s shoes for predominately poverty stricken areas of Africa.
Bill Huntley Peace Seminar
Our interest in and support for this annual event at the end of October each year continues. Efforts to arrange a visit and talk from a current Fellow failed when the chosen speaker was unable to attend. Ken Robertshaw will hand over his care of the current students to PDG Keith Davison at the beginning of the new Rotary Year and we shall seek a speaker following the completion of the Fellows’ field work this summer.
We are conveniently situated in the centre of Bradford which avoids the Fellows having to travel far to do the presentation and is convenient for the other Clubs in the Group of Ten in the area.
Hope and Homes for Children
We have supported this organization for a number of years and will continue to do so. Contact has been made with PDG Graham Jackson District 1285 (Salford) who is willing to speak to us if we can arrange a date.
Aquaboxes featured in the District Assembly International breakout meeting at Fulford. Arrangements are being made for a speaker - probably Geoffrey Barton - who is the Aquabox Ambassador for District 1040 who will bring us up to date with this initiative.
It is proposed to invite Tony Perryman the District International Officer to talk to us. Amongst a number of subjects, he is particularly interested in micro loans and would explain to us the technique of recycling goats!
Other Projects to consider
Vision Aid www.visionaidoverseas.org
Mercy Ships www.mercyships.org.uk
School in a bag www.schoolinabag.org
Shoe boxes www.rotaryshoebox.org
Marys Meals www.marysmeals.org.uk