Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites
Friends of Birstall Luddites introduction evening,
with Peace Scholar speakers.
Luddites and partners joined with potential Friends of Birstall Luddites for a social
evening with meat pie supper and Peace Scholar speakers.
President Steve inspired the evening in an attempt to gather all the helpers the club have and ask them to become "Friends" of the club whilst enjoying a social evening . Steve took the opportunity to explain what our Rotary club does and explain what the Friends role would be.
Steve hopes in the long run is that that the Friends may become full members of Birstall Luddites.
President Steve then asked Rotarian Keith to introduce the two speakers from the
University of Bradford Rotary Peace Fellows.
Keith briefly explained about his role with the Rotary Peace Scholars. This being Keiths second 3 year Peace Scholars role where he looks after the students needs whilst they stay in Bradford.
Bradford Univ is the European center, there being 7 centers in total.The center has been running for 20 years and this is the class 21. From this class Keith has organised 2 peace fellows to give a short talk on their lives.
First Keith introduced Milli. She talked of her life in the Philippines and her work in a Hospital treating children with Cancer. One of the things she did was to transfer a story book into Braille.
She did a study about children from dump sites, where they gather coal for a living and were more likely to suffer at the cancer hospital.
She joined a non profit organisation in New York.
Mille finished with a Holocaust survivor quote.
Katertna spoke next
Odessa was her first home, Mariupol her second home where she lived for 4 years.
Feb 24 the war started she was forced to migrate from the East to Donsk to live
with her Grandma.
The temp was -18 and they had no bread and they lost their home.
On 17th March she escaped with her friend.
Her team helped thousands of people to study to help develop Ukraine.
President Steve thanked the scholars for their visit and stories .
John Broadhead gave thanks for their visit and speeches.