Halloween and Bonfire Night are behind us and we start the run up to Christmas. This is a season like we have never experienced before but perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel – even though it may only be a flicker at the moment. We may well have to live through further lockdowns before a vaccine is available to all, but Rotary is still well and truly alive in our District.
I am writing this to you on National Kindness Day – I have to confess that I didn’t know that we had such a Day until I heard it on the News. Kindness is something that should be close to the heart of us all, whether Rotarians or not, and …. it should be every day.
Princess Diana is attributed as saying
‘Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward’
And that is exactly what we do as Rotarians.
We are restricted in what we can do, either as Rotarians or as individuals, and will miss many of the traditional activities that we value and enjoy. There are many who will be financially challenged due to employment restrictions, others socially challenged because of being unable to see friends and relatives. As Rotarians in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, we can ‘Make a Difference’.
- Perhaps your Club can provide additional support to Food Banks or projects for the Homeless – I know that many already do but the demand this year is greater.
- Perhaps we can all reach out to the housebound or the neighbour whose family live elsewhere. A simple phone call keeps them in touch and we have the ability and network to get further support if necessary.
This Winter season is going to be different and a real challenge for so many. Let’s do our bit to make the glimmer at the end of the tunnel a little brighter.
My best wishes to you all.
Andrew Bateman, District Governer