Advent Calendar Day 15

To mark the 15th day of our Advent Calendar we will be making a donation of £50 to the charity Malaria No More. This is enough to buy 10 mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease. 

Did you know? Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. Far deadlier than the animals people tend to be scared of like sharks, snakes and lions – even deadlier than humans. Why? Because mosquitoes transmit diseases like dengue fever, Zika, yellow fever, encephalitis – and malaria, the deadliest of them all.

It’s the greatest killer disease in human history – but we can do something about it. We have the tools to fight it!

The culprits aren’t particularly ferocious or terrifying. In fact, you need a microscope to even see them. But tiny malaria parasites, transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, are thought to have killed half the number of people that have ever lived. Pretty scary, isn’t it?

Malaria’s vice-like grip on the continent of Africa, where almost 90% of malaria deaths occur, makes it one of the greatest causes of poverty in the world. And yet, it costs just £1, less than the price of your morning coffee, to save the life of a child with malaria.

Advent Calendar Day 13

For day 13 of our Advent Calendar we donating £150 to Life for African Mothers

Life for African Mothers is a Maternal Health charity aiming to make birth safer in Sub Saharan Africa, by providing medication to treat eclampsia and post partum haemorrhage.

By providing medication to treat the complications of child birth, they have been able to support hospitals and health centres across Africa and see huge reductions in maternal mortality.

They also facilitate midwifery training programmes in several countries to help train and update qualified midwives to enhance their clinical skills in caring for mother and baby.


Advent Calendar Day 12

We are half way through our Advent Calendar and for day 12 we be making a delivery of donated Christmas food to the Lowestoft Night Shelter now known as the Access Community Trust

Their vision is to promote social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.

Advent Calendar Day 11

For the 11th day of our Advent Calendar will be adding £50 to our existing credit of £163 at Lendwithcare. This will allow us to help at least a further 10 entrepreneurs setup or continue their business in hard hit areas of the world.

Lendwithcare brings together entrepreneurs in developing countries with people with the power to help them – people like us and you. Run by one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations, Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way to help people in the developing world to transform their lives.

Since joining Lendwithcare the Rotary Club of Southwold and District has made 84 loans totalling £1470. We have helped 767 Entrepreneurs and 2865 Families creating 174 jobs.


Advent Calendar Day 10

10 days into our Advent Calendar now and it’s time for a very special donation. We will be donating £469 to Water Aid. Why such a specific amount? Any donation made before the end of January 2018 will be matched be the UK Government pound for pound doubling it to £938. This will then be enough to buy a new handpump for a village bringing clean water to the heart of a community.

An example from Water Aid’s website. Click here to read more.

“If we had clean water in our village, it would be as if we were living in the middle of paradise!”

Deep in the jungle of Sierra Leone, Tombohuaun’s residents are determined to live life to the full, despite the day-to-day struggle of having only dirty water to drink and no decent toilets.

Advent Calendar Day 9

Day 9 of our Advent Calendar and we will be donating £250 to SERV (Service by Emergency Response Volunteers) Norfolk. SERV are part of the national umbrella group “Blood Bikes”.


SERV Norfolk is a registered charity no.1148669 run by local volunteers that transports blood, plasma, platelets, samples, vaccines, donor breast milk & any other urgently required medical items to hospitals – at night, daytime weekends and bank holidays. This service is provided completely free of charge, allowing the NHS to divert funds where they are needed most.

SERV Norfolk covers the county of Norfolk and is run by dedicated volunteers who receive no financial compensation for their time or costs.

Advent Calendar Day 8

It’s day 8 of our Advent Calendar and we have once again prepared welcome bags for the women’s refuges in Lowestoft and Diss.

These bags contain essential items and a few luxuries for women and their children who have had to leave home at short notice. Many of them escaping abuse or violence. 24 bags have been collected and delivered. The project is the brainchild of, and coordinated by, Past president Cathy Ryan.