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Ewell Rotarians honoured by Prince Charles.
Rotary International sponsors WaterAid and therefore encourages each club to be involved. Ewell Rotary Club is lucky to have two members who have been recognised by Prince Charles for their work for WaterAid.
Tom and Primrose Drake, members of the Rotary Club of Ewell, were honoured by HRH Prince of Wales, President of WaterAid, with the Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution in recognition of their dedication in fund-raising and campaigning for WaterAid over 15 years, during which over 250 conferences and meetings have been addressed and £200,000 raised, saving or improving the lives of over 14,000 people in Africa and Asia.
Four years ago, the couple were invited by WaterAid, as paying guests, to experience first-hand, the difficulties of sanitation and safe water in Mali, West Africa. This proved to be a life-changing experience and since their visit have created awareness by talking to schools, faith groups, Women’s Institutes, Rotary clubs and other organisations about the work of WaterAid, raised £60,000 which has enabled over 4000 people in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, to benefit from safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.
WaterAid (wateraid.org) over the last 30 years have provided safe water to over 15 million people and improved sanitation to 11 million people and now operates in 28 countries. Past R.I. President John Kenny, was initially responsible for building the relationship between WaterAid and Rotary International, following his visit to Tanzania in 1993. To date, Rotary Clubs within R.I.B.I. have contributed nearly £3 million, helping over 200,000 people with safe water and sanitation.
Tom has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ewell for 35 years and is the clubs’ longest-serving member; he has served as President (twice), R.I. Water Resource Group Co-ordinator (District & Zone), Assistant Governor, a founder member of WASRAG (wasrag.org) and a Paul Harris Fellow. Both he and Primrose have worked and continue to work tirelessly in creating awareness of the problems of the lack of safe water and sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
The Riding for the Disabled Association in Epsom
New floor supplied and fitted to the kitchen in August 2011. The work was carried out by The Epsom Carpet Centre who kindly donated the waterproof membrane (value £400). This was not quoted for but was found to be necessary once work had started.