Happy New Year! (we can still say that right?)
We're excited to release the next edition of our club newsletter which is packed full of updates and articles on all the amazing things we've been doing over the past couple of months.... from collecting at Heathrow for Children in Need to a fabulous tour of Smith's Coffee Factory, from film and restaurant reviews to our festive antics. One of our feature articles focus's on a recent trip one of our members took to Nepal and a project that we will be supporting out there to rebuild a school after the 2015 earthquake.
We hope you enjoy reading it, and as always a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed articles.
You often here about people talking at the international level of their “Rotary Moment”. I’ve never really thought about this and what it means to me, but perhaps it’s about time I did!
Having been involved in the organisation for the past 17 years, previously as a Rotaractor (18-30) in several clubs, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience many different things and meet so many inspiration people.
However I have to say that there is one trip that I can honestly say was my Rotary Moment, which I experienced when I was only 19 years old. I was invited to go on a trip to Romania with the Mayor of Bournemouth, representing Bournemouth Rotaract Club.
Whilst there we visited an infectious diseases clinic. We were all deeply touched by the terrible plight of the orphans, not only infected with HIV, but who also had terrible learning difficulties. During one visit we were taken to a room where seven 12 year old children lived, still small enough to be confined to their cots wearing nappies, some of them physically restrained.
We were stunned…not only by the sight but also by the lingering smell of complete destitution. How could these children be treated like this?
I hope, in fact I know, that everything we do as a club is making a difference to people’s lives both in our town, and throughout the world. So thank you to all club members for joining Maidenhead Bridge Rotary, thank you for volunteering your time and talents, thank you for being you.
My Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) experience was something I will never forget it was a week in which I pushed myself in ways I never usually would during my work and day-to-day life. In terms of leadership it has developed my confidence so noticeably, and in terms of friendships I have made some new friends for life, whom I would never have crossed paths with had it not been for the course.
The beginning of the week consisted of classroom based leadership skills in teams, followed by group activities in the evenings, all building towards our skills days where I took part in canoeing and orienteering (because I was too scared of the ones with heights at this point!). Once we learnt how to master these skills we would then put these to the test during our final 30 hour challenge in which we would be teaching the rest of our group with no assistance from
Little did I know we would be mastering all the skills learnt by each member of the group including mining and abseiling (my two biggest fears!). Despite being so nervous and at times wanting to give up my group got me through the tasks and the way in which these strangers were supporting me to help me through is something I will never forget. If it wasn't for the team I was in I wouldn't have got through it quite so well I'm sure of it!
I cannot thank the Rotary Club enough for providing me with this opportunity and for allowing me to develop these skills and my confidence which I would potentially never have accessed had it not been for the course. The team at Rhos-Y-Gwaliau were also amazing and provided us with everything we could possibly need to get the full potential out of the week.
As a 21 year old in full time work it is easy to believe opportunities are not out there, and not being at school feeling I am too old to take part in such a week. I feel it is so important that young people like me get this opportunity and the RYLA course continues to give others the amazing time I've had.
Thank you so much Rotary!
It was a race to the finish line at the annual Reindeer Race in the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday.
Organised by Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club for the fifth year running, the festive, fun-filled event pulled in the crowds to watch competitors wind toy reindeers and sleighs across the finishing line.
Races lasted approximately 5 minutes each and brought lots of laughter and fun to the masses. Shoppers also go to meet Bruno and Patch, mascots from the charity Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, where all money raised at the event will be donated. Lisa Hunter, Rotarian, commented, “The dog mascots definitely help to pull in the crowds and to see the joy on children’s faces as they rush to give them a hug is priceless”.
“Thank you to the generosity of shoppers the day raised over £225 for the charity, which we are thrilled about”, she continued.
If you’d like more information about Maidenhead Bridge Rotary please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa on 07876 341334.
Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.
Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
We create opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially.
OUR IMPACT ON LOCAL ECONOMIES
Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development, and mathematics and financial management training.
Rotarians make amazing things happen, like:
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.
Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages.
OUR IMPACT ON EDUCATION
The Rotary Foundation supports education through scholarships, donations, and service projects around the world.
Rotary members make amazing things happen, like:
It’s been an amazing 12 months at Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club with numerous charity challenges, reindeer and health checks being just some of the many activities the club has been involved with.
Today (23rd November) the club celebrates their fifth birthday, and there’s lots to celebrate as the group of young professionals and volunteers have somehow managed to fit in 198 events over the last 12 months ranging from hands-on volunteering such as supporting FoodShare, to socials including walks in the countryside and plenty of pub visits, to fundraising for local and international charities, to networking!
In addition, the club also welcomed six new members to their fold, Debbie Ingledew, Mesude Ipek, Catherine Young, Matthew Loughman, Nas Parkes and Karen Faul, taking their total membership to 45!
Club President Michael Atherton commented “we’ve certainly lived up to what we set out to achieve 5 years ago having donated over 7,526 volunteer hours in that time and an incredible 1,145 hours so far this year. We have supported a wide variety of charities close to members hearts…and we’ve all had so much fun doing it.”
The club organises several key events each year including the Easter Family Fun Day in Grenfell Park which now attracts over 800 local families each year, as well as the annual Health Awareness Day in the New Year which gives advice to Maidonians about blood pressure, healthy hearts, diabetes etc with the support of professional organisations.
The biggest event organised by the club in the last year was their 24 Challenges event, which saw members take on 24 different challenges including swimming, Zumba, trampolining, mental challenges and Tai Chi over a 24-hour period, all in aid of The Rotary Foundation and End Polio Now. This single event raised over £2,800 and brought members closer together at the same time.
Michael continued “the members of our club are an amazing group of people; they have inspired me and motivated me. I could not have asked for a better group of friends and I am very much enjoying leading the group this Rotary year.”
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
Rotary provides education, immunisations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
OUR IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
Rotary has issued a global challenge to its members, asking them to work collectively to improve education quality and access — particularly for girls — by working with communities to improve teacher training, curriculum, and water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
THE POWER OF CLEAN WATER
The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in your own backyard:
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Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.
Check out the Rotary Peace Map to see where our alumni are creating positive change.
Our fellowshipsEach year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.
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