Our zoom meeting in September gave us an update on the ‘Send a Cow’ Mission – an organisation we helped some 10 years ago. The charities ethos is to give Ugandan refugee communities and families the hope and the means to secure their own futures from the land and to become self-sufficient.
Rotary have played a vital role in supporting Send a Cow since 1988, helping over two million people in rural Africa to gain the skills and confidence to grow their own food and to build thriving businesses.
The challenge now is for Rotary Clubs to help raise £20,000 to support 769 families in three refugee settlements across Uganda. Volunteer ‘Peer Farmers’ provide training and seeds for neighbouring families meaning they can grow nutritious vegetables, quickly. Once families are growing enough to feed their children, they are able to consider selling the surplus in their new community, and setting up small businesses. The income they earn can buy essentials like soap and clothes, and they can invest in their farms. Families also learn to make home improvements such as building an energy saving stove from local materials, a clean latrine and a tip tap.
We are delighted that we have been able to donate £570 towards this project which will support 5 families to continue this vital work towards self-sufficiency.
For the first time in over 18 months members and friends met for a club meal and social chat, choosing Windermere Golf Club as a venue. Over a delicious meal it soon became obvious from the general level of noise, laughter & chat that we had all missed such get together!
The highlight of the month was our very successful Pink 5K Walk in aid of St Marys Hospice. Ambleside Parish Centre once again became a hub of activity as walkers and dogs – many 2 legged and 4 legged in fancy dress – registered ready for their walk to Pelter Bridge and returning in time for delicious home-made scones and a welcome cuppa.
To date over £2,100 has been raised with more donations trickling in daily. We are very grateful for the extra publicity and donations which have resulted from Martin Clark taking a dip in Grasmere Lake suitably (or not) attired in a pink wig & tutu! This resulted in an interview on Radio Cumbria and further donations being pledged. Thank You Team Clark!
September has felt very positive and the social events have made such a difference, not only to the club, but to the community too. We have received so many lovely messages of thanks and support for arranging the Pink 5K after what has seemed an eternity of meeting via zoom!
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