Hubble raises funds for Rotary Charity

"End Polio Now" has received a welcome boost from donations from other Rotary Clubs who have booked our own member, Tony Bell, to speak on the Hubble telescope.


Currently Tony has spoken to 34 Rotary clubs all over the UK. He also has 2 or 3 more in-the-pipeline. He usually attends the recipient club, by Zoom, for about 95 to 120 minutes

His talk preparation & research took several weeks and continual updates have been added throughout.

Lots of talks were given in Scotland with the furthest North being Dingwall high up on the Murray Firth. The furthest South being Plympton; East being Tyneside and West Southport.

Wales has had a fair share and notably Cardiff Bay gave a colleague from our Club and me an amazing evening full of laughter, music and true Rotary Fellowship. 

A very enjoyable evening was spent as a joint presentation with Glossop, his home Club, and Currie & Bellano RC just south of Edinburgh which allowed our members to taste the superb experiences of talking and socialising with so many clubs which would normally be impossible  in non-pandemic times.

He normally screen shares and recipients are on mute. An amusing exception was one club who didn’t mute and who had a member listening with their partner clanking away on what sounded like dishes being washed. Suddenly the dog started barking and the member blurted out “Shut up you stupid dog“ which was misinterpreted by the washer and a blazing row started which stopped the presentation dead for several minutes.

The webinars have been given without charge and Tony has asked that if any club or person enjoyed it then he’d be delighted if they’d make a donation to The End  Polio Now Campaign which has been close to his heart from it’s inception about 40 years ago.

Glossop Rotary Club have been directly sent over £700 which has been forwarded to The Foundation’s End Polio Now Campaign.  Many clubs have indicated that they have directly forwarded monies to the fund which makes it difficult to be certain how much has been donated but he would estimate that the true figure could easily be somewhere in the region of £1200.

Tony has regularly been accompanied on his talks with a close Rotary friend which has been excellent company and quite regularly by our Presidents and other Glossop members which has been a true Rotary Privilege.

All in all a superb experience and whilst very time consuming has been great fun and well worth it all.   He hopes the very generous donations from many Clubs and friends has made the whole project a truly positive contributor to the End Polio Now Campaign.

Watch the NASA video: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/videos/index.html

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