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Many congratulations are due to Janice for organising such a successful evening at Waves! A total of £650 was raised, enabling the feeding of 60 children with one meal per day for a year, courtesy of the charity Mary’s Meals. It is pleasing to report that the original target of supporting 50 children has been achieved.
RESTORING SIGHT: REBUILDING LIVES!
The Orbis Flying Hospital is a DC-8 in which 48 medical personnel can attend lectures in the 48-seater classroom and watch a live feed from the fully-equipped, state-of-the-art operating theatre at the rear of the plane! This was the dream of a Texan ophthalmologist, Dr Paton thirty years ago: to take skills and expertise along with specialised medical equipment to the areas they were needed, the developing areas of the world.
Orbis is committed to saving sight and rebuilding the lives of millions and the unique alliance between aviation and medicine is the tool, manned by thousands of volunteers, many of whom donate their annual holidays to this cause.
Since 1982 the Orbis Flying Hospital has travelled to 78 countries, and 305,000 medical professionals have received training; 18,800,000 treatments and 869,000 surgeries have been performed.
In order to increase awareness of this amazing charity, Catrina Lambert, International Chairman of Southend Rotary Club organised a poetry competition at Cecil Jones School where sixth form pupils were invited to compose a poem around the Orbis charity.
The final was held on Friday 1st March. The pupils performed their compositions and members of the Sixth Form and Ms Lesley Jenkyns, Head of Key Stage 4 English shortlisted the final four. The Rotary judges, Chris Davey, President of Southend Rotary Club; Sir Teddy Taylor, former MP for Rochford and Southend East as well as a former International Director of Orbis and Catrina Lambert selected the winner .
Winners 1st: Lewis Fraser: Flying Hope
2nd: Connor Bines: Open
3rd: Daniel Fountain: Beacon of Light
4th: Georgia Baker: Darkness
Thanks to Ian, Eric, Jenny, Janice and Aline for standing in the freezing cold in Thorpe Bay Broadway and Southend High Street a total of £113 was raised by the sale of Crocus buttonholes for the End Polio Now campaign Thanks are also due to Jonathan and Aline (and Honeycomb News) for raising money in their shops ; to Peter for collecting a wonderful £75 by calling on his ‘neighbours’ and to Marilena for selling the buttonholes in the Wellesley and Southend Hospitals and making the consultants wear them! The final profit will be a little in excess of £150.
In the past,we raised funds for the Good Shepherd Home in Kampala working in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kampala Sunrise. This is a Jesuit run home for nearly a 100 disabled individuals – with ages ranging from infant to elderly.We actively support Vision Aid Overseas, and we also take part in the Shoebox, Emergency Box, Aquabox and Shelterbox schemes, and help fund other Humanitarian and Educational assistance schemes through Rotary . We have donated funds for the New Zealand earthquake, Pakistan Floods, Malaysian Tsunami, Australian Bush Fire and many more