Rotary Champion of Change

Congratulations to our President (15-16) Kevin Walsh who received his award in London.

Champion of Change Award

Congratulations to Kevin Walsh, nominated as a Rotary Champion of Change by our District Governor.  He received his award in London in spring 2016.  Read about why he received this award below.


In times of need communities often turn to local first response teams to help them out.  This can be half way up a mountain, deep in a limestone cave, under several feet of snow or in a torrent of flood water or simply in our own home or local shopping centre. Our Search & Rescue and Community First Responder teams are available 24/7 to support local people and visitors in our local communities.

In early 2013 Rotary District Governor Kevin Walsh, who had been involved professionally in both the Carlisle and West Cumbria Flood Recovery works, decided that his Charity appeal during his year of office would be to provide much needed Defibrillators in our Communities, our Search & Rescue teams with training and lifesaving equipment and to support local communities by setting up Community Health Melas (Fairs) in several areas of the region.

In order to fund the project, the value of which has been in the region of £70,000 an application was made to The Rotary Foundation, our own Rotary International Charity, for a Global Grant.  This was approved in June 2014 and we are now in the final phase of this project.

Implementing the Project

The Project has had three parts.

Equipment for our Search & Rescue Teams; several of the teams within Cumbria & Lancashire asked for support with life saving equipment.  We provided Defibrillators to Lancashire Teams and Autopulse (Cardiac Massage) machines for the Teams in Cumbria.   Total value £17,600

Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs);We have now helped provide in the region of 30 CPADs across Cumbria & Lancashire in the past 2 years. And were pleased to receive a Cardiac Smart award for our efforts from the North West Ambulance Service.  Total value £37,000

Community Health Melas; Mela is a Sanskrit word meaning gathering or event, and building on the success of those held in Leyland, Blackpool and Preston we have been working with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing and other local partners to provide opportunities for more communities to benefit from these events.  The events encourage people who would not normally attend their local surgery to have basic health checks undertaken in a relaxed environment and take the opportunity to find out about practical and / or alternative ways in which they can improve lifestyles and health.

Kevin is also delighted that the 1st Carlisle Mela is to be held on Saturday 14 May 2016.

Find out more about this project by visiting the Rotary Showcase .

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