For the 9th day of our Advent Calendar we will be making a donation of £100 to Crisis the Homeless charity. Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.
It’s day 8 of our Advent Calendar and we have once again prepared welcome bags for the women’s refuge in Lowestoft. 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.
For the 7th day of our Advent Calendar we will be buying two goats for Darfur through the charity “Kids for Kids”
KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship. We are providing an integrated package of sustainable projects which parents tell us will help them the most – projects suitable to the region which have both an immediate, and a long term impact. We are enabling families to stay together, in their own homes. In Darfur mothers are forced to rely on their eldest son to search for work across the world in order to send money home so his brothers and sisters will not die of starvation. Because in Darfur children are dying. Kids for Kids transforms the lives of individuals and whole communities.
It’s Day number 6 in our Advent Calendar and today members will be putting up and decorating Christmas trees for the residents of Pitches View in Reydon. We will also be setting up a tree in St. Mary’s Church Halesworth.
It’s the fifth day of our Advent Calendar. The club has purchased 500 crocus corms to support the work of the Rotary Foundation in its 100th year to help rid the world of polio. Some of the corms will be sold to raise money for vaccines and others will be planted to help spread the message and give a splash of purple in the spring.
It’s the forth day of our Advent Calendar. We have donated £250 to Water Aid to support their latest campaign “Toilets Save Lives”
Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions of people don’t have access to these basic services.
Across the world, women are forced to waste precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets, and young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases.
For over 20 years the Rotary Shoebox Scheme has been delivering over a million boxes of joy to underprivileged communities across Eastern Europe. The Rotary Club of Southwold and District has purchased 75 boxes to add to this number. They will be filled with items to bring a little joy to people who have nothing or very little.
Click here to find out more about this great project.
To start off our Advent Calendar and to begin the festive season, the members of the club have erected an 18′ Christmas Tree on North Green in Southwold. We hope the residents of Southwold and surrounding area enjoy our gift to the town. Watch out for more Christmas tree news coming soon. Don’t forget to follow the rest of our Advent Calendar over the coming days.
A wonderful night last night. Keith Rolfe handed over the President’s chain of office to Cathy Ryan who in turn welcomed her Vice President, Ronnie Carter and 2nd Vice Ellie Hambling.
Cathy’s first task as President was to present a cheque for over £600 to Theresa Cumbers of the STEP Charity https://stepnorwich.wordpress.com/sharel/ This was part of the money raised at this year’s Women Who Inspire event.