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Last year we were fortunate to have fellow Rotarian Fiona Miles visit Devizes Rotary to tell us about the fantastic work being done by the Guildford Rotary Eye Project – click HERE for details.
This project has now evolved into the Global Sight Solutions charity which is a continuing the work to provide free eyecare and eye surgery to the very poor in the developing world. This is a great example of how the initiative of a local Rotary Club can become the inspiration for such a global organisation.
Please take a moment to look at their website https://www.globalsightsolutions.org/ to get an idea of the great work they’re doing.
Last Thursday evening Springfields Academy opened their doors to parents and the public for their annual Christmas fair. Devizes Rotary took over the refectory to cook hot dogs and burgers plus both alcoholic and non-alcoholic Mold Wine, and the Conservatory to run the Rotathalon Games.
Although it was distinctly chilly outside, the atmosphere inside was lovely and warm and a good time was had by all. All profits from the Rotary food sales and donations were added to the profits made by the other stalls, and the total of over £800 will go to supporting pupils with educational trips and resources to enrich their learning.
Last week four of us from Devizes Rotary (David L, David H, Paul and myself) were invited along to Devizes School to take part in an exercise to help Year 10 students better understand and practise their interviewing techniques.
David H and Paul joined one group of students, and David L and I the other to provide feedback as they performed their role-plays. These proved to be very useful in giving the students an idea of what to do (and not do!) in interview situations.
Below is a thank you card from Vix Mackay who organised the session:
On Saturday 2nd December the Devizes Rotary Food and Fun team team were in action at the Julia’s House Family Christmas Cracker event which was held at the Braeside Education & Conference Centre in Devizes.
Although there weren’t as many visitors as was hoped, many of those that did attend took full advantage of the hot food on offer from Devizes Rotary to warm up against the winter chill.
A few of the younger visitors also had a go on the ‘Rotathalon’ games that were there, namely Splat the Rat, Loop the Loop and Desktop Skittles. It turned out that there were some budding future champions among them!
All the profits raised by Devizes Rotary have been donated to Julia’s House which has been supporting Wiltshire families with life-limited children for three years via its home-based community care. The new hospice in Devizes now gives them access to further specialist end of life care and social opportunities at the Devizes centre.
A note from Graham Mitchell , Chair of Friends of Julias House Devizes
On behalf of Julia’s House I would like to thank you and your team for providing some excellent hot food for us on Saturday, it really went down well. We really appreciate your support, and look forward to working with you again on future events.
Last Saturday Devizes Rotary organised the planting of a further ten thousand purple crocuses on The Green in Devizes. Mayor Nigel Carter joined them, family members and members of Devizes Town Council to help in a nationwide bid to plant six million crocus corms in the lead up to World Polio Day on 24th October.
Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have been working together since 1988, then, in 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined them in their campaign to eradicate polio. The campaign has since reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent, and has reached more than 2.5 billion children with the appropriate vaccine. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion.
The crocuses planted on The Green in Devizes are a symbolic representation of the children around the world receiving immunisation, and they are purple to signify the purple dye that the children dip their finger into to make sure no children are missed.
If you would like to contribute to the work we’re doing go to https://www.endpolio.org/donate