Cannock Rotary in Staffordshire has been helping to distribute free school uniforms.
They were asked to help out after Newlife, a charity for disabled children based in Cannock, was offered a very large and generous donation of children’s school uniforms from a leading UK retailer.
Sheila Brown, co-founder and CEO of Newlife quickly contacted Cannock Rotary, who they have partnered with in the past, to ask if they were able to offer assistance to distribute the clothing to families in need of support at this difficult time.
Sheila said: “Once the charity had set aside a volume of stock for sale in our stores we had remaining product.
“As it was brand new, instead of it going for raw material reclamation we wanted to support communities in need, so we turned to Rotary to see if they could help distribute this free of charge to children and families in need.”
The Cannock club involved the Rotary national children’s charity ‘KidsOut’, which already had an established distribution network, to quickly help children in greatest need of support.
Chatham Rotary in Kent has provided funds for Phoenix Primary School to purchase 10 laptop computers for the students to use during the pandemic and in the future.
Mark Bucknall, President of Chatham Rotary, said: “Our members are very happy for the children to benefit from their fund-raising efforts. Helping to educate students in these difficult times during the pandemic.”
We are very grateful to the Rotary Club of Chatham for their kind donation of 10 laptops. These devices will prove vital to the future learning of some of our most vulnerable learners.”
Pete Sears, Headteacher of Phoenix Primary School said: “We are very grateful to the Rotary Club of Chatham for their kind donation of 10 laptops. These devices will prove vital to the future learning of some of our most vulnerable learners.”
Scunthorpe Rotary has been continuing its support with the Forge Homeless Initiative by supplying boxes of food.
The club has had a long association with the Forge, an organisation that provides assistance in the form of cooked meals, warm clothing together with help and advice to homeless people.
The Forge Project Day Centre opens five mornings per week offering food and support services to disadvantaged people of North Lincolnshire.
Scunthorpe Rotary has had a 25-year association with the Forge and has collected gifts, foodstuffs and toys in order to provide hampers for delivery to underprivileged families each Christmas.
The present food initiative was started by Rotarians Kate and John Yolland from their home in the village of Appleby near Scunthorpe.
Thanks to the generosity of neighbours they were able to collect and deliver significant quantities of food to the homeless centre during the winter.
Having bought extra vegetables from the local farm shop, they delivered it to the Forge Centre and placed an article on the village website.
The result was remarkable and donations were such that every collection day since then, the accumulated food and clothing was sufficient to fill an entire car for delivery to the centre.
A visit to a new facility in India being constructed by his company at Vadodara in Gujarat by Russell Taylor, secretary of Sussex Vale Rotary, has led to a partnership that still exists eight years later.
The project was to provide custom-built filtration units to give 2,000 students and teachers at five Government schools in the city clean drinking water. Sussex Vale Rotary contributed £6,500 to the project working with Baroda Metro Rotary.
Now Sussex Vale Rotary has agreed to sponsor a similar project at K H Patel Janpad Vidyamandir School in Khakharia Taluk, in partnership with Vadodara One Rotary.
Sussex Vale Rotary contributed £6,500 to the project working with Baroda Metro Rotary.”
The project costing £1,800 will provide clean drinking water to around 220 students and staff.
The Rotary Shoebox Scheme is now fully operational after the pandemic restricted its operations.
As the Covid restrictions recede, they are welcoming volunteers to help at their warehouse at Oldham.
Chairman Nigel Danby is the man to contact for further information. Visit: www.rotaryshoebox.org