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Rotary GBI’s Champions Awards Night
All in the line of duty at Cardiff City Hall on Friday.
District Officers, Governor Larry Branyan, IPDG Malcolm Baldwin
and PI Chair Herbert Chatters in the front line at
Rotary GBI’s Champions Awards Night.
Rotarian Norman Yates from Preston South Rotary made it five in a row
for Cumbria and Lancashire when he received his Champions of
Change Award from President Denis Spiller and keynote speaker
Peter Kellner, Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Malcolm Baldwin picked up the Community Champion Award for
North West Blood Bike founder Peter Brooks who was attending
the funeral of fellow Blood Biker Russell Curwen that afternoon.
RIBI lead organiser for the event Herbert Chatters discusses
last minute detail with President Denis Spiller.
Who could possibly be lonely in Lytham St Annes?
The answer to that, provided by Bev Sykes one of the founders of Just Good Friends prompted many questions at Rotary Lytham’s weekly meeting. Her organisation has discovered that the Fylde can be a very lonely place for young and old and that echoes the findings of a national survey undertaken by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.
Loneliness and homelessness were the two highest concerns in Rotary's ‘State of the Nation’ survey and confirm how important organisations like Just Good Friends are to communities. “They offer more than pills and potions” Bev told Rotary. Friendship and a purpose in life were much better and more permanent solutions and this was confirmed by local GPs who now referred patients to the charity.
Rotary Lytham is keen to encourage more Clubs in the area to work as a cluster to tackle this 'silent' problem in society. Run by local volunteers and a small dedicated team, Just Good Friends provides events, meal opportunities and discussions to bring like minded people together. Your Rotary team can volunteer to help tackle a similar issue in your area just by listening and supporting group meetings.
Pictured is Rotarian Ian Paterson who thanked Bev and President Howard Henshaw
presenting a cheque with the suggestion that Rotarians in the area may
be well placed to offer volunteer hours to help. Happy to provide more details re similar organisations Herbert Chatters District PI chair.
Getting tuned in to end polio
Residents of Thornton Cleveleys and members of Blackpool Palatine Rotary have every reason to blow their own trumpets. For a big band night at St John’s Church, Little Thornton, had a big crowd swaying in the pews.
Band leader Terry Reaney and his Bluebird Big Band entertained with favourites such as String of Pearls, Chicago and Fever, the latter with vocalist Nicola.
The photo shows - from left, President Diane Glister, Rotarian organiser and performer Colin Noble, soloist trumpeter and band member James Nash of Kirkham Grammar sixth form, Rotary Palatine member Dr Kadaba Vasudev, himself a polio sufferer.
The evening, to raise funds for End Polio Now, was voted a hit with Rotary President Diane Glister calling it, “An amazing night supported so well by the generous people of Thornton Cleveleys and the band was excellent.”
The proceeds of the night, together with funds from another event, raised £750 to help the End Polio cause.
Flowering Crocus Corms in Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale
What a glorious display of the crocus corms planted in 2016 by club members in Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale.
They were planted to highlight the ongoing project "Purple 4 Polio" to rid the world of the crippling disease of Polio. When a child is vaccinated a finger is stained purple to indicate that the child has been vaccinated.
Who can doubt that PIES are not good for you?
Recognising the plight of children in Swaziland some 15 years ago and forming a charity to improve life for them has earned Norman Yates a Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Champion of Change Award.
A long serving trustee and chairman of Partners in Education Swaziland (PIES) which today feeds 180 children daily, Norman has been a member of Rotary in Preston South for the past 10 years. To ensure that the charity continues to make a great impact on the local community Norman visits Swaziland two or three times each year all at his own expense.
He will receive his award on 18th May at an event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff in the City Hall. Presenting the awards to Norman and 11 fellow Rotarians will be the Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations Peter Kellner, alongside Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Denis Spiller. READ MORE
Champions of Change
Helping the community is in the blood of former traffic officer Paul Brooks from Clayton-le-Woods. His dedication and vision to turn a small group of bikers into North West Blood Bikes — the largest Blood Bike Group in the world (see photo of PDG Malolm Baldwin on a Blood Bike) — has earned him a top national award.
Paul has been selected as one of seven Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Community Champions to attend a glittering awards evening in Cardiff City Hall on 18th May.
As Chairman and Trustee of the charity, Paul heads a team of 300 riders who answer over 1,000 calls every month for the NHS. The service helps five hospital trusts in an area from South Lancashire up to, and including, the southerly tip of South Cumbria. READ MORE