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Please leave donated baby clothes for Romania and Moldova at the Royal Oak
Update : 24th Oct 2012
The Baby Clothes project - a Rotary Story
Santa Maria Romania ( founded by Rotarian Elizabeth Tatman) has been sending clothes and shoes for children to Iasi in North East Romania for the last ten years , starting with the pyjama project for the children’s hospital. So when an email arrived to Drew Hughes Chairman of RIBI International Committee from Sandra Davey Rotary Club of Monmouth saying ‘Drew I have some bags of baby clothes, is there any where where they can go ?’ The response from Elizabeth was ‘ send them to me and I will get them to Romania and the Republic of Moldova ‘( as the picture shows happened in April this year) , District 1100 have taken on the project as a District one as have clubs in District 1280 .
Great oaks from little acorns grow and the Baby Clothes project is like that . The Monmouth Club have collected and transported by various methods some 70 bin liners of clothes . The Rotary Club of Leigh inspired by the visit of President Jim Houghton, who happens to be the warehouse manager for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme , to Romania have, with a District Simplified grant, collected or bought baby clothes and baby products that can go to mother and baby unit, maternity hospitals and young mothers who have been abandoned by their families.
Add to this the donations of knitted goods from ex guiders, crochetted blankets from various ladies, hundreds of knitted jackets and blankets, collection of baby clothes by Rivington and Blackrod school. And goods still keep coming in. Others have donated money to help with the transport so that we can now send out 2 pallets in the next few weeks. One will go to Hope and Homes in Baia Mare and one to the Rotary Club of Bucharest. More will go with the shoebox lorry to Iasi early 2013 and one to Chisinau in Moldova. if your club has contacts with any clubs in Romania or the Republic of Moldova we would be happy to hear from you.
It is difficult to work out the exact value so far but a rough estimate would be as follows. Having counted the number of average items in a bin liner (60) and worked out the average cost to be £5 making £300 , multiply by 24 bin liners ( I have that amount waiting to go to Much Hoole) and make up a bale , £7,200 and 4 bales make up a pallet . You can do the sums £28,800 . How many pallets do we have ready to go ? 3 so £28,800 x 3 = £86,400
I would suggest that we now have a forest with even more saplings being grown, sewn or kintted If you or your club wish to take part please contact Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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