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Wylde Green Rotary Club are setting the bar for fundraising

Wylde Green Rotary Club are setting the bar for fundraising

Whether it’s a dictionary for life to support a child’s education, or a super Sunday lunch in the name of humanitarian aid, the Rotary Club of Wylde Green know how to raise funds for a good cause.

Wylde Green Rotarians, their family members and friends gathered recently at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club to enjoy a delicious Sunday roast.

The event was devised to raise funds for the charity Aquabox through raffle proceeds and a Club donation.

It was a delightful evening with some extraordinary cooking on show and it raised £500 to be sent to Aquabox to help with their urgent work in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake which hit the country recently.

Aquabox have delivered aid to to Burma, Ghana, Zimbabwe and, most recently, Haiti.

Aquabox, based in Derbyshire, responds by sending its AquaFilters and humanitarian aid, working closely with selected aid agencies and distribution partners to ensure the aid reaches those most in need.

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has sent more than 110,000 aid boxes to more than 50 countries around the world, helping hundreds of thousands of people in times of need.

“The people impacted by the earthquake in Haiti are also in desperate need of clean water and we know from our past experience of the excellent work done by the team at Aquabox.”

Aquabox need to assemble and pack more filters and to get them to desperate communities in Haiti as quickly as possible and have set up a JustGiving page specifically for this recent campaign.

Ken Hawkings, International Chairman for the Wylde Green Rotarians commented:

‘‘There can surely be little more terrifying than living through an earthquake and ending up with nowhere to live and no shelter. The people impacted by the earthquake in Haiti are also in desperate need of clean water and we know from our past experience of the excellent work done by the team at Aquabox.

“I am so pleased that the Rotary Club of Wylde Green, its family members and friends have been able to send funds to help make a difference.”

The work hasn’t stopped there for Wylde Green Rotary Club; for the 14th year running the club has been supporting the national literacy programme with their Dictionaries For Life project. This year they have funded the project in partnership with The Rotary Foundation.

Wylde Green Rotary Club President Nick Thurston and Youth Chairman Arthur Law are pictured with the school’s Head Girls and Head Boys.

The project reflects the priorities of the Rotary International movement nationally by gifting dictionaries to pupils in local schools.

This year the Club has donated 278 dictionaries to pupils at Penns, Walmley, Wylde Green and Yenton primary schools.

We hope that the dictionaries will prove to be of help to the pupils now, in their future school lives and beyond.”

In expressing how pleased Year 6 pupils were to receive the books, Miss Jennings at Wylde Green Primary School commented: “Once again, thank you ever so much for the donation of dictionaries to our Year 6 children at Wylde Green Primary. I don’t think any one of the pupils have actually put them down yet.”

The club’s Youth Chairman, Arthur Law added: “Like most charities we haven’t been able to fundraise during the pandemic. However all our members wanted the young people to have a dictionary, because we know they will be our leaders of the future and we want to support them as much as we can.

“So we have been particularly grateful for some assistance with the funding this year from the Rotary Foundation.  We hope that the dictionaries will prove to be of help to the pupils now, in their future school lives and beyond.”