Making the best of lockdown still the challenge (Part 2)
Wed 13th May 2020 at 19.00 - 20.30
From PPE equipment to an Online Quiz and a VE Day afternoon tea - 'We're for Community'
The responses to the Aireborough Club’s recent donations to charities illustrate the wide ranging support being provided by the community at large with fabulous volunteers, local police, fire crews, local churches, businesses, Aireborough Rotary and Inner Wheel and Leeds Council all becoming involved. Thanks included ‘It will mean that local people who are struggling to afford food will have one less thing to worry about’. ‘Sources of income have ceased for the present so your gift is doubly precious and a great encouragement’. 'We are matching up fabulous volunteers to people who need help with shopping, picking up prescriptions, delivering hot meals, emergency food parcels and phone buddying. It’s been emotionally tough, especially talking to older, vulnerable people who are scared and lonely’. Rotarians continue to volunteer and the indefatigable sewing team comprised of Rotarians, wives and Inner Wheel members has continued to produce scrubs, scrub bags, visor headbands and ear savers with two enthusiastic novices joining the skilled group. One additional product followed a plea from Pinderfields Hospital with100 ring bags being speedily delivered. A call to members last weekend also led to a carload of toys being assembled and ferried to Aireborough Children’s Centre for deprived children in families they support. Rotary is getting accustomed to new ways of meeting via Zoom and the Board will soon be reconvening to review further support for charities.
Our main suppliers outside Rotary and Inner Wheel are being Chris Edison and the Addingham Visor Army. Three local Care Homes: Primrose Court, Ghyll Royd and Sunningdale, previously supported by Rotary were the grateful recipients of 230 face masks, 90 visors, 60 ear protectors and 300 pairs of gloves as well as washable scrubs bags. During lockdown Aireborough Rotary and Inner Wheel are enthusiastically devising new ways of working. Zoom was the favoured medium this week for attending Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland's Annual Business Meeting as well as hosting Aireborough’s Online Quiz, set by Brian and Mitzi Whitham and won by several lengths by the multi tasking John Kitching and his wife Susan. Getting up early to participate in the Quiz from New Zealand were Aireborough member Tony Scaife and Takapuna Rotary’s President Geoff Pownall (before going off to work in Auckland ). The following week saw VE Day alive and munching via a Zooming online Afternoon Tea from a host of well decorated homes and gardens with a competitive array of sandwiches, scones and cakes and the Home Guard in attendance - 'Don't tell 'em Pike!'.