Irish Rotarians at Navan in County Meath have been busy by taking on three projects during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.
They erected a number of large posters around Navan to acknowledge the great work of frontline staff and made a donation of goodie bags to St Mary’s Special School Navan for their schoolchildren who are isolated at home from school.
Navan Rotary also made a donation to Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan for the provision of essential staff PPE equipment.
Ken Fitzgibbon, General Manager of Our Lady’s Hospital, said that the frontline posters and sentiment expressed was very much appreciated by all the staff along with the equipment.
And Maria Corredor, Principal of St Mary’s Special School expressed sincere thanks on behalf of the school community for the wonderful ongoing support of the Rotary club
In Scotland, North Fife Rotary on Tayside has been supporting local care homes by providing hand creams for carers and also an electronic tablet for residents to contact families. The Rotary club has also supported a soft play centre for toddlers at the Tayport Larick Centre.
In Dorset, Westbourne Rotary in Bournemouth has a reputation of having a ‘can do’ attitude – and when problems in their community during the coronavirus pandemic came to light, they did not wait to talk about what could or could not be done – but just got on with doing something.
Westbourne has long supported Bournemouth Food Bank from food donations through one of their business partners. This support was immediately escalated to bolster stocks.
The local council had re-housed a group of homeless in a local hotel, but as they did not have access to cooking facilities and needed feeding. So in a secondary project, two Rotarians provided and delivered a daily two course meal for this group. The project is being extended to feed others.
Two more two members organise 70 weekly packed lunches to St Luke’s Church for a group of rough sleepers who they are supporting in local accommodation. They are providing a weekly food package for the church to distribute to families who have been re-housed due to domestic abuse.
The club also became aware of the work of ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ in East Dorset.
They needed logistical support to manage collections of donated fabrics for frontline workers to make into scrubs, face masks, hats, and scrub bags from teams of volunteer sowers in the area.
One member took on the role as a hub manager, supporting regional co-ordinators and their teams of sowers, whilst another took on the role of organising the volunteer drivers and co-ordinating the logistics of the project.