Hitting the right note with the homeless

Hitting the right note with the homeless

The West Midlands based Wylde Green Rotary has been helping out the homeless in Birmingham with the donation of two unusual items.

Wylde Green Rotary has donated a large storage container and a piano to SIFA Fireside, the charity which seeks to improve the health and inclusion of homeless people in Birmingham.

The storage container is being used to keep supplies and very soon it will store spare winter clothing.

The former piano had seen better days, but thanks to Rotarian Robert Plumridge, who is a piano dealer, he was able to source a replacement.

After the latest donation Melissa Roche, Fundraising Manager at SIFA Fireside said: “A massive thank once again to everyone at the Rotary Club of Wylde Green.

“The piano will be in used in our activities room where the band rehearse. It will be ideal for gigs. Some of our people play musical instruments and music gets them all involved.”

Rotary Club President, Ken Hawkings, said that they wanted to make a difference in the community with their help to the charity.

He said: “I am delighted that the Rotary club has been able to make this gift to SIFA Fireside. We’d far rather give something useful than give money – initially the storage container and now the piano.”

Ken added that many members of the Sutton Coldfield-based club say they join Rotary because it gives them a chance to give something back to their community.

Members also volunteer their time – supervising and organising community events, running projects to promote the achievements of young people and coordinating educational programmes.

More information about the work of SIFA Fireside can be found on their website.


Photograph courtesy of Gerry McLaughlin – Eppie Snell, Fundraising Administrator at SIFA Fireside is pictured in the foreground with Wylde Green Rotarians, left to right: Dick Elston, President Ken Hawkings, Carolyn McLaughlin and Robert Plumridge.

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