With more than three quarters of the Rotary year already gone it feels like no other year that I have known since I first joined Rotary - in fact any other year ever.  With COVID restrictions in place we are unable to meet as before and you may think that the Club has ceased to exist and take part in the community.  But you would be very wrong on this.

At the very start of the lockdown our members have been involved in delivering meals and offering shopping assistance to those who have had to shelter.  Our meetings continue (albeit virtually) and our speakers continue to present to us with Childrens Hospice South West speaking a few weeks ago.  We are very conscious of how fundraising has hit the charitable sector and where possible we are still striving to support good causes.  Recognising this, six of our members walked the last part of the Cornish Coastal Path (Portwrinkle to Cremyll) over a few weekends with this providing funds for MIND Cornwall - the mental health charity.  So far over £8,000 has been raised over the Duchy.

One of our members has turned her artistic skills to creating slate name plates for homes and other properties (including the refurbished railway station) and she continues to do this at a very reasonable price.  The floral boats around the town have been replanted and "tarted up" so in fact the last three months have been really quite full.It will not be a year of abundant giving, this is accepted, but where we can involve ourselves with the community we will in a safe way that protects both you and us.

John Smith Saltash Rotary President 2020/21

 

Toilet block project Uganda website

 

Back in 2016, while I was Saltash Rotary President, we have a great idea to partially fund a toilet block and solar panel project at a school in Uganda.  Two of our Club members had been teaching at this school for some time. This school had no toilet facilities at all. Well, in fact they did, but it was just a hole in the ground.  Something so basic! What we in the UK take for granted.  In conjunction with the local Kabarole Club the project has finally been opened just a few weeks ago.  The total cost was over £30,000 and we are extremely grateful to all our support partners including Rotary Global Grant and Rotary District 1175 as well as members of our own club here in Saltash.  It has taken a huge amount of time and effort over the past 5 years to get the project to it's conclusion.  Thank you again everyone who has been involved, especially Sally, Keith and Brian who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes.  Brenda Samuels

                    

 

 

We have just sponsored the uniform for trainee Critical Care Paramedic Martin for the next 12 months.

 We wanted to get involved after visiting the airbase last year.

It was brilliant that we were able to see first hand the work of the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Air Ambulance photo 2 websiteAir Ambulance photo 3 website

 

 

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 SALTASH ROTARY GETTING ACTIVE TO SUPPORT CORNWALL MIND

 

Coastal Path Challenge