International Service

District 24 Annual International Service Report – January to December 2017

District 24 has 19 clubs and they all have been very busy this year raising funds and collecting items for a wide variety of overseas charities. I would like to personally thank all the clubs for all their hard work and generosity and all club ISOs for organising activities and sending in their international reports in one form or another. Please make sure reports are ‘saved’ before emailing as one came ‘empty’. A copy of the two forms are in the brown envelope. A few clubs sent just a total of money and no details as to which charities they are supporting and what items if any have been collected.

As a District we have been collecting bras and knickers for the ‘Smalls for All’ charity which sends out containers to Africa. Over 300kgs worth of items has been sent during the year by District and individual clubs. Clubs have indicated that they will be continuing to send boxes full of these items individually and will do so into 2018.

As a District we had a very interesting talk from the ‘Porridge and Pens’ Charity in November and as a result several clubs have adopted them as one of their main charities giving support to the Brightlingsea School in Ghana. One Club made local headlines in the newspaper for their efforts to raise £425 by organising a coffee morning.

At very short notice [just over a week!] clubs were asked to support the Sanyu Babies’ Home in Kampala as Shamim Govani was leaving that week to visit Kampala, and our clubs responded immediately with gifts of Milton Tablets, rubber gloves, blankets and baby clothes and lots of money totalling well over £1000 to date with more coming in. Thank you everyone for your quick response and generosity.

The Aga Khan Development Network was well supported financially when a sponsored event in Nottingham was arranged.

Individual clubs have been supporting Trade Aid partnering with their local Rotary clubs and as a District we gave over 4 kgs of buttons to the Rotary Trade Aid in Grantham. Felsted Aid is well supported by most clubs, collecting knitted blankets, knitted T shaped children’s vests as well as many other items on their list. The Marble project, Hamlin Fistula, The Sreepur Village, Jaipur Limb project, Mary’s Meals, School in a bag, Shelterbox, Porridge and Pens, Lepra, Smalls for all, Toilet twinning and Christmas boxes are very well supported by clubs. There are obviously some smaller overseas charities that are supported by personal contact by individual clubs.

Many members of our clubs support children and overseas projects personally. Several clubs are joining with their local Rotary for overseas projects. There is a lot of knitting going on, planting of bulbs, and of course lots of coffee mornings and afternoon teas and quiz nights.

The total amount of money raised by District 24 in 2017 was £8,661.95p, that I have been informed about [Some clubs didn’t include what was donated to Kampala] and as now nationally items collected are measured in ‘black sacks’ our total equates to 520 black sacks which doesn’t include 54 shoe boxes, 100 blankets, and a total of 324 kgs of bras and knickers. We collected so many different items from postage stamps, toiletries, glasses, jewellery, buttons and sewing kits and this is continuing.

Thank you very much to everyone for all their wonderful efforts to raise necessary funding to send overseas to aid those a lot less fortunate than ourselves.

Sandie Edwards

International Service Organiser