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On Saturday 13 December 2014 some 14 Rotarians from across the District attended a course on taking blood pressure for the purposes of doing so at Know Your Blood Pressure Awareness Days. The course was arranged by the District 1250 Community and Vocational Committee and delivered by The Stroke Association. It was organised in response to feedback from Clubs that it was sometimes difficult to find sufficient medically trained volunteers in order to support their events. Attendees learnt about strokes, risks that can and cannot be controlled, symptoms and the FAST test, and key information about blood pressure and how to measure it. They then practiced taking blood pressures as if they were carrying out a Know Your Blood Pressure event. Following the success of the course, a second course is being arranged for Saturday 21 March. Details and how to register are available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Know Your Blood Pressure Day 2015 is 18 April. Know Your Blood Pressure Days can also be held at any time that is convenient to your Club, but all events must be registered with the Stroke Association in order to be insured.
The new visual display in Reception at Seaford Medical Centre is proving just the ticket for patients – thanks largely to the Rotary Club of Seaford.
Although funding has also come from two other sources it was due to Rotary’s generous contribution that Sue Smith, the chair of the Patients Participation Group at the practice in Dane Road, Seaford, was finally able to complete the plan to install the simple but clever device.
Instead of standing in a queue for Reception (which has spilled outside the door on some occasions) you now just take a numbered ticket from the machine and then sit in a comfortable seat, watching for your number to come up on the illuminated display to tell you it is your turn to approach the desk.
The system clicked into action on Monday January 19 and has proved popular. Many have likened it to waiting your turn for the meat and fish counter at the supermarket – only here you can sit while you wait.
Rotary recently helped some of Storrington’s senior citizens get into the Christmas spirit at the December Storrington Pop-In Lunch Club.
55 guests attended the lunch this year enjoying a glass of wine and traditional Christmas lunch. The Junior Choir of Windlesham House school entertained the guests with a range of songs together with Christmas carols.
This year the Pop-In Lunch again welcomed additional support from a special Storrington Waitrose grant initiative providing help for vulnerable members of the community.
Thanks to the Rotary Wives team that provided an excellent lunch as usual and to Mike Webster and the rest of the helpers for making this such a special occasion.
Over 160 local senior citizens from Caterham, Whyteleafe and Warlingham were recently treated to lunch to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Caterham Rotary’s annual ‘Reach Out’. Caterham Rotarians and Dial A Ride provided a free “taxi service” to and from The Surrey National Golf Club where the event took place.
Following a 2 course lunch, entertainment was provided by local singer John Lazenby and he was followed by the Rotary “Sing Songsters” who led a communal sing song which included numbers from the Beatles, Cliff Richard and well known musicals.
The afternoon was rounded off with tea and home made cakes before the guests were driven back to their homes.
Organiser of the day Caterham Rotarian Steph Barrett commented “This is a real community event which we thoroughly enjoy arranging as it brings such joy and happiness for those who come along.”
The Rotary “Sing Songsters” will be visiting a number of local Care Homes & Residential Homes including The Douglas Brunton Centre in the lead up to Christmas with a special Carols event at The Caterham Dene Hospital on Christmas Eve.
Laura Ward was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship at the District Council meeting on 23rd October for the excellent service, technical support and assistance provided over a seven year period.
Laura managed running and operating our District meetings at Forest School during this period with other support including helping and providing inspirational duties whilst serving on our District Youth Services Committee.
Laura leaves Forest School in November to return to working with a charity in the Brighton area, and will be greatly missed by us all, but we hope will maintain contact with Rotary in her new role.
The Chilubula Support Group committee (CSG) would like to express their thanks to our donors and supporters for their ongoing generosity. All of their time, financial backing and material donations permit CSG to continue supporting the orphans and vulnerable children at the Chilubula Children’s Centre (CCC), as we have done since 2005. Our thanks also go to Leonard, the manager at CCC, for overseeing activities there on a day to day basis and for liaising with the local committee and other local organisations on behalf of CSG.
Pre-school teaching and feeding are the core activities at CCC and we are currently broadening the eligibility criteria for students to attend the centre. In this way we will increase the level of support that we provide to the local community. Priority will still be given to orphans and vulnerable children from the local area, but we are now in a position to increase the number of children attending the centre and in this way will offer broader support to what remains a disadvantaged rural community.
We have recently sent some additional funds targeted at ongoing maintenance and development at the centre such as repainting the class room and providing a protective veranda at the front of the school building.
Following a meeting between members of the CSG and Titsey Rotary Club committees, Titsey Rotary club organised the collection of good quality second hand tools. This resulted in the donation of a wide range of tools including saws, hammers, screwdrivers, chisels and a wheelbarrow. These tools have been sent out to Leonard who will find them very useful for ongoing maintenance and development at the centre.
Tools purchased in Zambia tend to be of very poor quality and lack the durability of tools that we are used to in the UK.
Many thanks to Titsey Rotary Club.
Storrington & Pulborough District Rotarians collected for the EBOLA Crisis Appeal in Storrington on 21 & 22 November raising £804.07 + 3 foreign coins and a watch battery!
The club added to the collection to send £900 to the EBOLA appeal.
On Saturday 8th November 2014, around twenty local charities and voluntary organisations took part in the Combined Charities Christmas Fair organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club at Leatherhead Theatre, raising over £2,500 from the sale of Christmas cards and gifts, together with a variety of tombolas, raffles and other fundraising activities.
Despite the somewhat inclement weather, an estimated 500 people visited the fair throughout the day and even Father Christmas was able to be present to find out what the local boys and girls wanted for Christmas.