WELCOME TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF
NORWICH ST. EDMUND
Visiting Vineyard in Germany
Rotary International is a worldwide organisation of men and women who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities at home and abroad. Rotary is inclusive of all cultures, races and creeds. It is non-religious and non-political, and there are no age or gender restrictions
Rotarians provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in every vocation, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.
Rotary Club of Norwich St. Edmund
As one of 33,000 Clubs in over 200 countries, our Club, formed in 1986, uses the knowledge and goodwill of its members to improve the education, health and opportunities within communities, both locally and internationally.
We achieve this by supporting small local charities, or by direct engagement, often with another Rotary Club either in the UK or Overseas. We also work closely with our sister Clubs in Mainz (Germany) and Reims (France). Although Globally affiliated as a Rotary Charity, each Club operates as an individual Club where members agree their objectives. Our Club enjoys weekly evening friendship meetings conducting business at the Maids Head Hotel or online.
Community and Vocational
Community and Vocational activities seek opportunities whereby
Rotarians are actively involved, fostering good relations, and developing
networking opportunities. We assist the vulnerable, socially marginalised and
those with medical needs, in order to enhance the quality of people's lives,
across all ages.
We also assist with educational activities with school age
pupils, such as hearing readers, help with literacy skills and the gifting of
dictionaries. The organising of an outing for physically disabled pupils in
connection with Kids Days Out fosters confidence building. Fun
activities in conjunction with Norfolk Young Carers provides freedom
from caring responsibilities, and aiding safety awareness for Year 6 pupils is
achieved through Crucial Crew days.
In the past year, we have supported Time Norfolk,
participated in the Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter Mancroft Church,
worked with The Salvation Army to provide Christmas hampers, toys, and vouchers
for local families, and supported the visitor’s centre at HMP Norwich Prison.
Each year we facilitate the opportunity for attendance at the Rotary
Youth Leadership Award scheme and put a spotlight on local people who show
Service above Self through the President’s Certificate of Recognition.
We have a great deal of fun and fellowship through quiz nights,
frugal suppers, by donating to foodbanks. We try to make a difference, if you
would like to join us, or sample Rotary for yourself, please contact Paul
Christmas Tree Festival
In collaboration with St. Peter Mancroft Church each year we stage a Christmas Tree Festival which supports local charities.
Various businesses and professionals sponsor the trees and help us raise funds for charitable purposes.
The Club is deeply committed to supporting international humanitarian aid and development.
International Service Committee Projects in 2022-2023
Rotarians supporting Ukraine
In addition to the capital sums transferred
to the Salvation Army for their work in the Ukraine of over £2,000, the various
members of our Club have been supporting Ukraine in other ways, such as:-
Helping to organize and fund the Ukrainian Art
Exhibition which took place during the week commencing 17th October 2022.
Funding the mobile toilet at the Carrow Works redistribution centre, since early
September 2022. We have currently paid up to the 6th February 2023.
We will soon be receiving an invoice for the next 8 week period (the minimum
rental period) which will be £340. He hope to get the support of local
bunisesses to help the club maintain the mobile toilet facility for the rest of
Collecting and transporting a whole range of
goods, cycles and equipment needed by Ukrainians abroad and Ukrainian refugees
in Norfolk, to the central distribution centre.
Delivering reusable sanitary pads for use by
refugees in Norfolk
Providing job opportunities or individual items
for Ukrainian refugees.
Targeting specific items eg candles, fire
lighters, torches, batteries, warm clothing and bedding etc for transportation
by articulated lorry because of Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine’s power
generating capacity. These are urgently required to be included in the next lorry which is due to depart from
Swaffham before the end of November.
Collecting funds to support the work of Scott
Stones the Swaffham driver who has been distributing much needed goods,
equipment, clothes and medical supplies to war torn Ukraine on a regular basis.
Supporting a 15 year old Ukrainian girl as a
competitor in an RIBI organized Young Artist competition.
In November 2022
a committee member masterminded a concert of choirs at the Norwich Salvation
Army Citadel. The intention of the concert, named “Kusiyana” was to raise funds
to to support the education of young
women and girls in Zimbabwe and to tackle period poverty. Participating in the
concert were 4 adult choirs and 5 High school choirs in Norwich. The total
amount raised by Kusiyana was just over £1,500. £1,000 will be used to sponsor
the education of a young girl at a school in Zimbabwe (see details below) and
£500 will be used to buy reusable sanitary wear and wash kits to send to
Eastern Europe using the Rotary Shoebox scheme.
NB Period poverty is a huge problem for millions of women the world over. It is the
lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints which can be
caused by a wide range of life events, that negatively impacts on a girl’s or
woman’s ability to access sanitary products to manage a most intimate and
regular occasion in her life. Period poverty means that young women are unable
to leave their home for up to 10 days every month. The impact of this on their
education, job prospects and life chances as adults is devastating. The lack of
sanitation in schools in developing and poorer countries can also cause young
women to drop out of education completely as they have no access to facilities
to keep themselves clean during their period. Rotary’s Shoebox Scheme (see below)
will hopefully provide relief for some women and girls in Eastern Europe.
The picture above is of girls in Zimbabwe receiving their reusable sanitary pads from the club.
Use of the Rotary Shoeboxe Scheme
The Club has
purchased and received 50 shoeboxes from Rotary Shoebox. It is intended that 25
of the boxes will be used to encourage schools to fill the boxes for poor and
vulnerable children and adults in some of the countries in Eastern Europe. The
rest will be filled with a) 25 packs of
reusable sanitary wear purchased by a member from Kiki Green at a cost of £425
and b) with the wash kits which have been purchased by the same member. These
include items such as wash cloths, toothbrushes and packs of soap. The money
raised for all the above purchases (cost £556) was raised at the Kusiyana
Concert last November (see above).
Education sponsorship of a student in
£1,000 was paid by the Club to the Mudeka
Foundation last December. The money was raised at the Kusiyana Concert last
November. The donation will provide a full education for an 11 year old orphan
girl called Grace, who is in Grade 6 at Warren Park Primary School in Harare.
An information sheet has been provided for our club members. This will be
followed by school reports, information updates and letters in due course.
Completion of a new Safe House in Kolkata
Over the last
several years, the Norwich St Edmund Rotary Club has supported an anti-slavery
organization based in Mumbai, India called “YouCanFreeUs”. The organization
rescues and provides shelter and rehabilitation of women and girls who have
been victims of commercial sexual exploitation in different parts of India.
Some 40 or so survivors are housed in 3 Safe Houses and rehabilitation is
provided through a Training Centre in Mumbai. The girls are conveyed from their
Safe Houses, to the Training Centre by a 32 seater coach which was funded
mainly by Norwich St Edmund Rotary Club.
YouCanFreeUs, decided to set up a new Safe House in Kolkata. The club was asked
to help with the funding of the set up costs of the new Safe House. After
several successful presentations by a member of the club, a substantial sum of
money was forwarded to the anti-slavery organization and the new home was
opened in 2022.
Lend with Care
This is one of
the most worthwhile of our international projects. Lend with Care is a
microfinance lending initiative under the umbrella of CARE International UK.
Launched in September 2010, it allows individuals and groups to make small
loans to entrepreneur in developing countries to help them work their way out
of poverty. For some years now members of the club have been part of this
initiative, which is coordinated by a member of the International Service
Committee. This member reports monthly on the activity of the project. Last
year, the club’s operator provided a useful record of our club’s total Lend
with Care activities over the years - total loans made 383; value of loans
£5,745; entrepreneurs helped 1,928; family members helped 5,531; people helped
10,234; jobs created 1,775.
Chair, International Service Committee 14
We are very proud to continue our support of the "Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery" founded by our Club member Mark Little.
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Whether you join us as Individual or Corporate members you will participate in:
Providing clean water
Supporting mothers and children
Supporting educational opportunities
Growing local economies
Where others see problems we see solutions, and through our collective effort we contribute to overcoming difficulties.
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