Rotary under lockdown: live! (Part 1)
Sun 3rd May 2020 at 14.00 - 16.35
'We're for Community' with donations, toys and PPE supplies as well as social events and even a mobile library
Keeping the Club active and informed has meant starting with Skype for a Board meeting before graduating to Zoom to run fortnightly Club meetings.Turning the ‘We’re for Community’ byline into action has involved Club members and their wives as well as Aireborough Inner Wheel and friends in using a range of skills. The first call for help came via a request to supply drawstring scrub bags so NHS staff could avoid cross contamination by putting bags containing uniforms straight into the washer. An initial batch of 58 bags was shared between Menston Ambulance Station and Ward 28 at St. James Hospital . Club member Geoff Bartrum, an Emergency Care Assistant for Yorkshire Ambulance Service received a striking unique prototype as the picture shows. Visor headbands, ear savers preventing ear soreness and scrubs are also being regularly produced.The Club is also providing financial support for materials and postage to a Friend of Rotary using a 3D printer to produce items of PPE equipment being dispatched to NHS Trusts all over the country. This week’s Board meeting added to the initial gift to Radio Aire’s plea for funds for children in deprived families to cover meals during school shutdown times by agreeing donations to local charities OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality), AVSED (Aireborough Voluntary Services to the Elderly), the Horsforth Community Shed project, the Horsforth Community Hub, JOY (Jubilee Outreach Yorkshire) and Otley Action for Older People. The Leeds Group of Rotary Clubs, Aireborough included, also decided to forward a District donation to two charities of their choice Martin House Hospice and Leeds Women’s Aid. Ending the week on a high, Janet Kerr’s call for toys for families currently being supported by Aireborough Children’s Centre resulted in a carload of surprises being delivered to the Centre on Monday. Ten children already receive a monthly book from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library through a District Grant the Aireborough Club organised.