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  • Alumni award winners turn heads with unique accomplishments
    Maya Ajmera founded the Global Fund for Children in 1993 to provide seed money to community-based organizations that help at-risk children across the world. Since then, GFC has awarded more than $32 million in grants to over 600 organizations in 80 countries, improving the lives of millions of children – from educating AIDS orphans in Uganda to conducting so
  • Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis
    Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age three, Ogbe contracted malaria, and while receiving treatment at a clinic ne
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    In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindara
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  • Southeast Asia declared polio free
    The World Health Organization certified on 27 March its 11-country Southeast Asia region has eradicated polio, a long-awaited declaration given that five years ago India represented nearly half of all polio cases worldwide. The region’s last wild polio case was reported in West Bengal, India, on 13 January 2011. “This achievement is an important milestone fo
  • Join Rotary’s End Polio Now Thunderclap
    On 27 March, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will declare the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization polio-free, an important milestone in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. The 11 countries in the region -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka,
  • Do-it-yourself libraries
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  • Minutes of January Board meeting now available
    The minutes of the January 2014 Board of Directors meeting are now available. Highlights include: Clubs in District 2230 (Belarus, Poland, Ukraine) will be reorganized into District 2231 (Poland) and District 2232 (Belarus and Ukraine), effective 1 July 2016. Effective 1 January 2015, clubs must report new and terminated members within 30 days. The Board aff

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Cannock Web Site

Founded in 1935, over the years the Club has raised substantial funds to aid local and international projects some of which can be found on this website. If you think you might be able to help Rotary, or consider becoming a member please get in touch.

Projects

In 2009, as part of a volunteer project to place skilled professionals and workers around the world, Mid Staffordshire NHS physiotherapist Laura Brown, undertook a 3 month self-funded placement in Mexico.

This placement involved treating disabled children and adults with musculoskeletal and neurological problems. Laura returned to Puerto Vallarta in January 2011 for a further 6 month self-funded volunteer project and when she returned to the UK, her hugely successful trip inspired her to set up her own project called “Therapies Unite”. Laura’s long term goal is to establish a rehabilitation centre as a permanent volunteer project providing skilled, qualified and dedicated care to  communities who would otherwise have no access to services such as this. Laura is also setting up training, education and support to enable the continuation of therapeutic input. She is entirely dependent on the generosity of volunteers, donations from individuals and sponsorship from corporate organisations. The Rotary Club of Cannock is helping to support Laura with her project and furthermore, to help her access Rotary Clubs in Mexico, they have made her an honorary member of the Cannock based Club. Laura said that thanks to the very generous donations from the Rotary Club of Cannock, she has been able to install essential equipment to help these people access free specialist therapeutic skills and expertise delivered voluntarily by qualified professionals. More information about Laura and “Therapies Unite” can be found on www.therapiesunite.com.

wateraid-logoAn entertaining and informative talk was given on 14th March by Paul Fisher from WaterAid UK and Seven Trent Water. Rotarian’s enjoyed a talk about how to make a simple and clean toilet for 3rd world country’s. Also, the club were reminded how important water is to the world population and that billions of people were still absent of water and sanitation facilities.

Cannock Chase HospitalUnused spectacles may be deposited at the collection box in Cannock Hospital. Over the last few weeks a full sack has been collected. These spectacles are delivered to ‘Vision Aid Overseas‘ who in turn refurbish and distribute them. Glasses are sorted at Crawley and sent to five prisons around the UK where inmates have been trained to clean, grade and package the glasses for use on international programmes.

Cannock Rotarians donated £311 this month to a joint project on behalf of BDF newlife to purchase special equipment for a project for an individual in the Cannock area.

A quick “welcome and hello” from Cannock Rotary Club members to the Group Study Exchange Team (GSE) from Canada who are visiting district 1210. The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. More information from this link to GSE, or ask a member of our club.

An entertaining and informative talk was given on 7th September by a Cannock Rotarian Member. Alan presented to us the charity that he and his wife Manage.

Action Kenya is a small charity run to help poor people in coastal Kenya. One of the projects is to improve the conditions at Gede School for Physically Disabled and Deaf Children and to find sponsors for the children. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please get in touch with Action Kenya.

 

Cannock Chase HospitalUnused spectacles may be deposited at the collection box in Cannock Hospital. Over the last few weeks 3 full sacks have been collected. These spectacles are delivered to ‘Vision Aid Overseas‘ who in turn refurbish and distribute them. Glasses are sorted at Crawley and sent to five prisons around the UK where inmates have been trained to clean, grade and package the glasses for use on international programmes.

Bridgetown Primary School CardBridgetown Primary School CardBridgetown Primary School Card 3The Rotary Club of Cannock member’s regularly visit Bridgtown Primary School to listen to Pupils reading aloud. It was so nice to see some of thank you cards, so we decided to put them on our web site. If you like them, please leave a comment below.

V festival tentsMembers of Cannock Rotary Club will be exercising skills in taking down the left over tents at the forthcoming V festival. This annual event is coordinated by all Rotary local clubs. The recovered tents are passed to ‘International Aid‘ and provide emergency shelter for people.

At their meeting last night (Wednesday 14th) the members of the Rotary Club of Cannock heard a report concerning the difficulties being suffered by thousands of people in the . Many of us will have seen this reported on the television.

 

This impending humanitarian disaster can only be averted by the swift intervention of the various aid agencies that are already on the ground, they of course need immediate financial support.

 

After brief discussion the Club voted to donate £1000 from its reserves to be sent immediately to the Disasters Emergency Committee to assist with providing much needed food and medicines to the people in the refugee camps in Kenya.

The Club had also recently received a £200 donation from the Staff at the Clock Towers Shopping Centre in Rugby, to be used for Rotary charitable purposes, it was felt appropriate to add this to the donation making a total of £1200.

A cheque has been sent from the Club today (Thursday 15th) to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Club President Mel Morgan said

“We are delighted to be able to offer immediate assistance to these people at this time of great need, Cannock Rotary Club will continue to observe the situation and we will respond as appropriate to further calls for assistance. This may well require fund raising events and as always the support of members of the public will be much appreciated”.

 

Across the world Rotary Clubs will be responding to this emergency as they do to all others; in the last 12 months or so aid has been sent to Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan and Haiti.

The new web site could not miss a mention about the award of £22,600 to Birches Valley Gymnastics Club last December 2010. The Rotary Club of Cannock had made its biggest donation ever to this local project. Mel Morgan (President Elect) Centre Peter Barke (President) Right David Marklew (Past President).

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