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Rotary supports Malawi volunteers

Rotary supports Malawi volunteers

From supporting volunteers in Malawi, to providing community noticeboards outside a supermarket, Rotary clubs continue to remain busy. Here is a round-up of some of the latest activities.

Cannock Rotary is providing support to a local couple who are about to set off on a two year trip to Malawi in Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world.

The aim of the trip is to visit and work with local charities whose focus is on education, food scarcity and health care.

Rotary in Cannock is supporting Hanna Bodley and her partner Martyn King on their two year trip to Malawi

Hanna Bodley and her partner Martyn King leave at the end of July and plan to live in a van, which is being shipped over from the UK to give them the flexibility to visit any new opportunities while carrying out their charity work. 

While staying in Malawi they will not be paid for their work and the couple will be living off their savings.

The Cannock club has been supporting Hanna since 2013 when she first volunteered to work in Malawi after leaving school. 

While staying in Malawi, Hanna and Martyn will not be paid for their work and the couple will be living off their savings.”

The club then provided funding to support four young people through a four-year education programme, has raised funds to provide famine relief and, more recently, supported a COVID-19 project to provide much needed protective equipment to health care workers in Malawi.

The couple’s aim is to gain as much knowledge as possible across the whole charitable sector in Malawi to ultimately open up their own skills centre to help provided younger people in Malawi with the opportunity to find work.

The Cannock club has awarded Hanna and Martin honorary membership, which will give them access to Rotary clubs in Malawi who will, in turn, provide much-needed support to their charitable works.


Huntingdon’s two Rotary clubs have worked together to provide a community events noticeboard outside the town’s busiest supermarket. 

The community noticeboard provided by Rotary clubs in Huntingdon

The clubs negotiated the use of a space near the supermarket entrance with the store manager, received a fair price from a local signwriter, got a grant from Rotary District 1070 and, within a few weeks, a noticeboard for the advertising of local events, charities and cultural activities was in place.

As I see it, Rotary should not only provide supportive activities to the local community, it should encourage and support other groups as well.”

Rotarian Peter Downes, Public Relations Officer for the Rotary Club of Huntingdon, said: “I am delighted that we managed to get this project completed so quickly. 

“As I see it, Rotary should not only provide supportive activities to the local community, it should encourage and support other groups as well. 

“The need for a wide range of community activities is greater than ever before as we emerge from the most fallow period we have experienced in our lifetimes.”


To celebrate 100 years of Walsall Rotary, the Midlands club’s members are walking virtually as a team to Chicago, the birthplace of Rotary. 

Family, friends, supporters are being invited to walk, run, cycle, swim or exercise bike as many miles as they can to reach their global target. 

Walsall Rotary is hoping to raise £4,000 for Heart Care Walsall and End Polio Now.