District 1250

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You will find a wealth of information in our website pages about Rotary in many parts of Surrey and Sussex, starting with latest club news in the slide show below.  To read more of these stories, simply click on the Title or the Read More link. 

Below that are a number of Rotary videos.  Click on any of the thumbnails to select a video and then on the Play symbol to watch the video

Andy Newbold (left) and Peter Matthews, with some of the entries in the recent Rotary Mole Valley Young Photographer competitionCongratulations to Sarah Shaw, Mia Cooper and Callum Burman, winners of their respective age categories in the recent Rotary Mole Valley Young Photographer competition, organised by Leatherhead Rotary Club.
Out of all the entries received on this year’s theme of ‘People’, Sarah Shaw, aged 9 from West Ashtead School, was awarded first place in the ‘7 to 10 years’ category, with Mia Cooper, aged 12 from Therfield School in Leatherhead, winning the ’11 to 13 years’ category and Callum Burman, aged 16 from the Howard of Effingham School, winning the ’14 to 17 years’ category.
All of the winners receive a copy of ‘The Complete Guide to Digital Photography’ by Ian Farrell and their winning photographs also go forward to the next round of the competition, where they will be judged against other winning entries from across Surrey and Sussex and possibly even make it through to the national final later in the year.
Local professional photographer, Andy Newbold, who judged the Mole Valley competition said he was very impressed with the quality of all the entries, adding, “The composition of many of the photographs submitted, together with the techniques used to obtain the finished image, were of a very high standard. Some of these young photographers could quite possibly have a career in photography ahead of them.”
Competition organiser, Peter Matthews from Leatherhead Rotary Club, said he was very pleased with both the quality and quantity of entries received, adding, “This is first time we have run this national competition within the Mole Valley area and we will almost certainly be running it again next year.”

Show Presenter Steven KirupaiEast Grinstead Meridian Rotary club has started a regular 2 hour show on local radio, Meridian on 107FM. Their show show goes out on air every Saturday from 12.00 'till 2.00 pm.  It's a weekly show and gives the club an opportunity to talk about everything from local Rotary to Rotary International affairs.
The show is presented by four club members, Anthony Beevor, Ginnie Waddingham, Lesley Robinson and Steven Kirupai.

The club is very pleased that it gives them the opportunity of publicising local Rotary events and also help them to attract new members.

Show Presenters Leslie Robinson and Ginnie Waddingham

Show Presenter Ginnie Waddingham


Dorkers, the Dorking Town Centre mascot, taking part in the ‘Mascots Egg & Spoon Race’ in Horsham Town Centre in aid of the Children’s Trust at TadworthOn Tuesday 18th February 2014, Dorkers, the Dorking Town Centre mascot headed south to neighbouring Horsham to line up with over a dozen other mascots from local towns and charities, in a very special ‘Mascots Egg & Spoon Race’ in aid of the Children’s Trust at Tadworth, being held as part of Horsham Rotary’s annual Charity Pancake Race.

It is with much pleasure that I can say the 18th successive annual RJL camp in Bangalore, India has again been so successful. In January this year and attended by two of my fellow Trustees, PDG Dr Subrahmanyam Ganesh from S. Wales and PDG Ian Rule from Scotland,the Bangalore Peenya Club, drawing patients from all southern India ran again a very successful Limb camp.

Some 624 limbs, 1081 callipers, 511 crutches and 85 LN-4 prosthetic hands were provided for 2301 beneficiaries.  I well recall leading a party of my fellow Trustees to such a camp in January 2009. It included some local IW members too and Lynne helped feed 500 at lunch one morning!

Clive Addis-Jones

. . with his new limbThe camp this year was opened by the Home Minister of Karnataka, local members of parliament and other dignitaries including Chief General Manager of the State Bank of India. .
I bring this to your notice as just one example of how the Rotary Jaipur limb has mushroomed since the early days with the Rotary Club of Godalming and the long support of Guildford and many other clubs in District 1250. A permanent centre at the Ramaiah hospital near Bangalore was established too some 6 years ago with our Rotary 1250 input and is thriving and able to attend to the needs of many amputees through the entire year.

The Rotary Club of Bangalore Peenya  (RI Dist 3190) in South India  has been holding a Jaipur limb camp every year for the last 18 years. The camp takes place during the first half of January and lasts a week.  It is always held in the same place with marquees put up in the grounds of a building belonging to a Jain society. The members prepare for this camp throughout the year. They give wide publicity throughout southern India, using local media and through Rotary Clubs in the area. They arrange with BMVSS, the main organisation that fabricates and supplies Jaipur limbs and other mobility aids to send 15-20 technicians with tons of supplies and equipment to the camp. They also arrange for a reliable power supply, adequate safe water, catering and security. Over the years the camp has grown in size and over 2000 people are helped every year. People travel from all over southern India travelling up to 300 miles to get to the camp. As they need to stay a couple of days while their mobility aids are made they are provided with three meals a day and a place to sleep at night.
Waiting their turnWhen they arrive at the camp each beneficiary is registered and his/her details noted.  A brief assessment is made to determine their needs and the technicians work hard and late into the night to fabricate their appliances. Doctors from a local hospital are at hand to examine and advise patients regarding the possibility of suitable corrective surgery. Staff from the appropriate Government agency are there to supply advice regarding vocational training and employment opportunities.

Busy making limbsIn the last four years  LN-4 forearm prostheses have also been supplied to people who have suffered forearm amputations.  With all this happening, the camp is busy as a beehive and volunteers including Rotarians, Members of Inner Wheel, Rotaractotrs, Nursing students, doctors and others are in attendance to ensure that the camp runs smoothly.

All the services in the camp are supplied free and RC Bangalore Peenya raises the amount needed to run the camp, generally over £30,000, from various sources. Rotary Jaipur Limb UK has been a regular supporter of the camp making direct donations and arranging matching grant projects with LN-4 forearm prosthese being fittedRotary Clubs in RIBI acting as sponsors. Clubs in RI District 1250, especially RC Guildford have been regular benefactors over the years. The camp was visited  by a group of Trustees from RJLP UK led by PDG Clive Addis Jones in 2009. Indeed one of the Trustees of RJLP, PDG Ganesh, visits the camp every year on his annual visits to India.   

. . waiting for his limbThe Rotary Club of Bangalore Sadashivanagar has established a limb centre in the orthopaedic department of a leading local hospital, The M S Ramaiah Hospital. This Centre was established 5 years ago through a matching grant project sponsored by RC Guildford and RI Dist 1250 and is doing splendid work supplying limbs and other mobility aids free of cost to people referred to it by the Rotary Club. The Centre has also benefitted by two matching grant projects arranged by RC Bangalore Sadashivanagar with sponsoring Clubs in RIBI. 

RC Guildford contributed over $8000 to a matching grant project costing just over $24,000 for a programme of polio corrective surgery by RC Bangalore Peenya. The Club also provided $ 25000 to the matching grant project costing just over $46,000 to establish the permanent Limb Centre at MS Ramaiah Hospital in partnership with RC Bangalore Sadashivanagar.

Subrahmanyam Ganesh

Billy and Josh (the “kings of the raffle”) on their incredibly successful raffle ticket sales missionIn late 2012 the Club members decided that they would try and run a curry night at a local curry house, and it went with great success, raising lots of money for our chosen charity to help the eradication of Cataracts. Therefore, when we were deciding the events we would hold this year, the curry night was obviously a popular option.

We held the Curry Night at a local Curry house in Earlswood, called Ruchitas, on Monday 10th February. The event was well attended, with the Ruchitas staff trying to fit in as many people as possible (in the end it was just under 100).  Present were members from our own Interact Club and their families, along with local Rotary Club members from; Reigate, Redhill, Redhill Redstone, Worthing, The Breakfast Club and Reigate Hill Rotary Clubs. Throughout the evening there were a variety of fundraising activities those present could do; buy tickets to our Raffle; try and win some money on the “Magic Squares” board or complete the Table-Top quiz to win some wine and chocolates.

Overall, we managed to raise £685 which we will be donating to the Polio Eradication Fund. We were extremely delighted to hear that this figure will be matched twice over by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, so in total £2055 will be donated towards  the eradication of Polio.

We would like to thank all those who attended this event and hope you enjoyed the evening. Due to your generosity, over 6000 children will not suffer from this life- threatening disease.

Lucy Parfitt
(Club Secretary)

Left to right: Club President Michael Logan, Florence Hardy, Marianne Best, Ella Edwards and RYLA coordinator Peter Posgate On a Wednesday in February Girl Guide Florence Hardy visited the Club to talk about her experiences on her trip to Peru last year working. To raise the necessary funds Florence undertook car boot sales, bingo nights, cake sales and bracelet making. She also approached local organisations, including the Club, and we were pleased to be able to help her, both by giving her a donation and by letting her have a free pitch at our Car Boot, Craft & Produce Fair.

The winners of the District Final Rounds from 1120, 1140, 1250 and 1090 were all present on Saturday 8th March 2014 at Brooklands Collge, Weybridge in Surrey to compete for the chance to go through to the National Final.

District 1140 kindly hosted the event and DG Ron Daniels presented the Awards and Certificates.  Our thanks go to The Rotary Club of Ewell and their President, Maureen Kilminster who hosted the event.  Well done, and thank you to all Rotarians in our District who have supported the young people entering this very worthwhile competition.
The two entrants from District 1250 were Tom Hamblet from Tanbridge House School, supported by the Rotary Club of Horsham  and Kayleigh Marsh, from Chichester High School for Girls, supported by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory.

All 9 entrants cooked superbly and the three professional Judges were impressed by the quality of the food produced.  MANY CONGRATULATIONS deservedly go to both the 1250 entrants:  Kayleigh was pronounced Runner up and Tom won the competition and goes through to the National Final to be held in Dundee on Saturday 26th April.  We wish him well and will report on the outcome in due course.

The variability of weather forecasts coupled with the recent history of storms and floods put the 6th Horsham Pancake Races into some doubt until the last minute….. but Tuesday morning’s early BBC and Met Office offerings mentioned only light rain around lunchtime and so it was all systems go. Sadly the rain also came earlier and later and in greater quantity but nevertheless the event attracted a goodly crowd of spectators; 28 Teams of over excited, gaudily dressed competitors;

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