August 2018 Update

Big Yellow Hands at the Ready!

Our first meeting of the month was an open meeting with many members of the public joining us at the Parish Centre where Richard Owens of the Medaille Trust gave a thought provoking presentation on the effects of Human Trafficking and modern day slavery in the UK.  The Trust provides support and safe housing for the victims of human trafficking and offers opportunities for physical and psychological healing, rehabilitation and protection to the victims.

Their main objective is the empowerment of women, men and children, who have been freed from the human-trafficking and modern day slavery in this country. With the help of the charity their dignity and self-worth is slowly regained. The charity has at present 9 safe houses, providing up to 109 bed spaces at any one time to women, men and children. 

Interestedly, a BBC documentary was also aired the same week regarding trafficking and modern day slavery. Our thanks to Rachel Crowfoot for suggesting this very important subject for our open meeting.

On a lighter note we were delighted to welcome District Governor Mary Bradley to our meal evening on August 21st.  The 2018/19 Rotary theme of ‘Be the Inspiration’ certainly resonates from Mary. A breath of fresh air in her approach to Rotary and a more relaxed style of leadership.  We already have a number of members booked in for the 2019 Conference at Grange over Sands – Mary’s House Party!

The month was completed with our annual parking of cars for Grasmere Sports. Humour shone through even if the sun didn't!  With record temperatures throughout the summer Sunday 26th August did not follow suit.  Sadly the day’s conditions meant a rather cold and wet experience for visitors, stall holders and all involved. Very many thanks to all those members who smiled through with their usual proficiency, helped along by the big yellow hands and a sense of humour! The Can Tin stall and Shelter Box exhibit proved quite a challenge too as members had to stop the gazebo from blowing away. However, it provided a fun game for children and adults to ‘prove their throwing skills’ or not (!)  and a welcome shelter from the rain!