Disaster Fund

At   the   start   of   each   year   we   earmark   £500   to   enable   us   to   make   immediate   response   to   any   International   disaster.   Further   funds   can be   raised   at   any   time,   should   it   be   necessary.     2018/19   witnessed   a   number   of   disasters   both   man   made   and   natural,   and   the   club provided   funds   for   the   Indian   flood   relief   (£500)   and   the   Indonesian   tsunami   disaster   (£1100)   in   September   and   October   of   2018.   More recently in March 2019 a sum of £1100 was donated for the Cyclone disaster in Africa. Some of the specific projects we will be supporting in the year 2019/2020 will be as follows:

Embocraft/Phakama Community Project, Kwa/Zulu Natal

We    have    long    supported    the    Embocraft    community    project    of    Kwa/Zulu    Natal,    an    area    devastated    by    poverty.    Our    financial contribution   2019     was   £500.   Our   past   president,   David   Blundell,   has   a   close   relationship   with   this   charity     and   delivered   2019’s cheque directly to them in South Africa. The funds were earmarked to help alleviate the devastating affects of HIV aids in the region. The   project   is   based   close   to   the   Inanda   Dam   where   the   population   of 25,000   is   exclusively   Zulu-speaking,   with   88%   considered   poor.   HIV/AIDS   is endemic.   Embocraft   conducts   skills   training   to   develop   products   which   can both   benefit   households   and     generate   income.   Those   taking   part   learn   to sew    both    for    themselves    and    their    community.    The    project    is    actively supported    by    the    local    Hillcrest    Rotary    Club    and    donated    funds    from Royston   have   already   been   used   to   purchase   industrial   electric   sewing machines.

Building Malawi

This     year     we     are     also     building         a connection    with    a    UK    based    Malawi charity    that    provides    libraries    schools and    sports    facilities    in    Lilongwe,    the Malawian     capital.             This     charity     , Building      Malawi      is      committed      to improving   opportunities   for   children   by building     infrastructure     and     facilities which    are    then    handed    over    to    local Malawian    organisations    to    fund    and run.

Lend With Care

This    organisation    provides    micro-financing    to    local    entrepreneurs    in    underdeveloped    countries,    allowing    them    to    become    self- sufficient..   We   have   invested   in   over   six   dozen   entrepreneurs   via   Lend   With   Care   for   the   last   six   years   and   will   continue   to   do   so.     To see more of what we do click here to see our Lend With Care page

Charity Curry Night

The   club   ran   a   successful     Curry   night     at   the   Yuva   restaurant   last   November   (2018)   when   we   raised   £250   to   help   supply   clean   water   in disaster areas through the use of LifeStraws. We will continue this enjoyable evening in the current Rotary year.
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President: Martin Berry

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International Projects Committee -  Chairman Stephen Higginbotham