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The warmest of greetings to Rotary in the North East of England (Rotary District 1030) and to all of our Rotary Clubs that cover the area from the Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire and from the Pennines to the North Sea. Despite being one of the smallest (numerically) Rotary Districts in the world we lack nothing in energy, ambition and a sense of fun that permeates everything that we do. A warm welcome awaits you in one of the most historic, beautiful and creative places you could wish to visit
In addition, there are a number of District-wide initiatives of which we are also extremely proud.
The first is an initiative that is now in its third year whereby we set an objective to facilitate the placement of publicly accessible defibrillators in every town and village in our area, working in conjunction with the North East Ambulance Service, Rotary has been responsible for over 70 defibrillators being installed, 20 more planned and hundreds of people trained how to use them (including over 50 teenagers).
Many of the Rotary Clubs in the North East support their local food bank and food poverty initiatives. We are now trying to join these up, with other charities, to create a stronger and much needed response to one of the social evils of our age.
The response to crises in other parts of the world has also been impressive across the District. The aid for Ukraine has included over £40,000 being sent to support refugees in Poland following a District appeal by a club with strong links there. Other clubs have been involved with collections of money and goods which are also being sent through Rotary and other channels.
In addition, an initiative by one of the other clubs has led to a District-wide aid programme for victims of the Afghanistan earthquake. Another has been launched to support those affected by the floods in Pakistan.
Whether at home or abroad Rotary in the North East of England is full of people of action. Please take a look and, if interested, get in touch and become a part of our very happy family.
District Governor 2022-23
‘Amazing’ Response to Ukraine Crisis
Tens of thousands of pounds has been raised by North East clubs in a ‘swift and generous’ response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Clubs across the region have pulled out all the stops, from sponsoring lorries going to Poland, to direct donations to agencies such as the Red Cross, the Disasters Emergency Committee and through Rotary Foundation.
Street collections, appeals and loading goods and medical supplies are among many ways clubs have stepped up to help.
District Governor Alan Cartwright said: ‘The response from clubs and members across the North East has been as swift and generous as you would expect. It has been amazing to see so much commitment and effort.’
Up to the Bulletin deadline Middlesbrough Erimus club had collected more than £26,000 from clubs, which is going directly to their partner Rotary club in Zamosc in Poland, which is just 50 km from the Ukraine border and is seeing many of the effects of the war and the burgeoning refugee crisis. €10,000 has already been sent.
Many clubs have contributed to alleviating the crisis already, some sending money to Middlesbrough Erimus, others direct to other agencies, with more coming in all the time.
Durham Elvet has donated £2,000; Darlington £1,000; Stokesley £500; Alnwick £2,200; Birtley £650; South Tyneside £1,000; Newton Aycliffe £3,500; Sunderland £2,500, Sunderland Satellite £1,700; Barnard Castle £500; Seaburn £500; Sedgefield £350; Hexham £8,200; Hadrian’s Wall £350; Newcastle £1,000 and many more.
Help has been coming in in other ways – for example Cleadon and District Rotary donated £250 to an ex-Rotarian who is driving across to Ukraine to take supplies and to volunteer.
Derwentside and Consett worked with the Consett Covid and volunteers Group. There was an unprecedented response to an appeal and they filled three lorries going to Poland, with another one to go, with much needed supplies. Derwentside raised £1,700 towards the project.
Alan said: ‘It is expected that all these totals will continue to rise as Rotarians do what they do best – step up in a crisis and do whatever they can to help.’
All figures are correct at the time of going to press.
Watch Rotary North East social media for updates: Twitter @RotaryNorthEast, Facebook Rotary North East England, website rotary-ribi.org North East England
Jacqui Molyneux Derwentside Rotary (JMoly56@aol.com)
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