Avonway Community Wellbeing Day

wellbeingday2016Avonway Community Wellbeing Day, organised through the Fordingbridge Carer Hub, was held on Wednesday October 26th with the objective of showcasing the many and varied services and support organisations based in and around the Fordingbridge area.

Many have a relationship with the Avonway Centre, who hosted and sponsored the day. Visitors were invited to chat to a social worker about their needs or enjoy tea, coffee and home made cake, try tai-chi for arthritis, or have their portrait taken by the Camera Club, with many other activities presented at the centre.

The Rotary club of Fordingbridge also provided a stand so that we had the opportunity to explain who we are, what we do and how we can help them.


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A New Roof in the Playground

During half-term, members of the Fordingbridge Rotary Club were involved with another community
project in the Fordingbridge area.

As a result, St. James' CE VC First School, Alderholt, now have a new roof on their playground store.

Elliotts, the builders' merchants in Fordingbridge, kindly provided the roofing materials.

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Water Survival Boxes

In September six members of Fordingbridge Rotary and Inner Wheel visited the warehouse of World Water Works run by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge at the Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton.

The visit was organised by our International Committee member Dennis Wilson and once we were able to find the warehouse, members soon rolled up their sleeves and got down to some work. 

For ten years now the Chelwood Bridge Club have been putting together water survival boxes and distributing them quickly to red-alert disasters throughout the developing world.

These boxes are designed for families of four and cost £150 each inclusive of air freight costs. They contain an amazing array of items in addition to the water purification equipment such as cooking utensils, tools and personal hygiene.

Many thousands of people caught up in natural and man-made disasters such as Aleppo, Syria have benefited from these boxes. During this visit members filled three pallets or 60 boxes costing £9,000 making them ready for the airport. During a production break Club President John Oram presented Chelwood Bridge Rotary with a cheque on behalf of Fordingbridge Rotary.

Update 11 October 2016: the boxes we packed have already been sent to hurricane-stricken Haiti, and Fordingbridge Rotary has pledged an extra £500 to the cause.

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Rain-Water Harvesting Project, Hillcrest, South Africa

hillcrest1We have been working on a Rotary Global Grant since Dennis Wesley of the Hillcrest Rotary Club came to the District Conference in Bournemouth in October 2014.

You will be pleased to know that this project has now well under way.

In essence the total cost of installing the rain water harvesting plant at the orphanage is $60,000. Our club has allocated just under $6,000 and together with contributions from Hillcrest Rotary, Winnipeg Rotary, Karlsbad Rotary (California), and the Rotary Foundation, we now have the money.

hillcrest2Following discussions with Dennis Wesley a group of us are going to South Africa, to see the development at Hillcrest, which is near Durban, during February.

As you can see the foundations are laid and Dennis & Eileen Wilson, Richard Westlake and myself leave on 16th February to visit the project, visit the club and look around the local area. We return on the 28th February.

Mike J.

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