Our Club supports the Hive Hope food bank in Northfleet. It received an unexpected request for help when we were asked to supply a Father Christmas for its Christmas party. Representatives accompanied Chris Keeble who bravely took on the challenge and afterwards said he enjoyed it!
It has become difficult to choose those organisations which need our help but the representatives of Age UK, Alzheimers & Dementia Support Services, Multiple Sclerosis Support, PHAB, Waterside Family Support, Hi Kent for the Deaf, House of Mercy and Hive Hope Food Bank all agreed that it was the work of Gravesend Rotary that made their work that much easier.
Brother Roy of The House of Mercy, which provides shelter for homeless adults in Gravesham, said at the 2016 Charity evening that our club had supported his charity’s work for 25 years and explained how there were more homeless young people than ever in need.
Most of the money raised by our charity On Your Bike event is given to local charities and some of this presented to charities shortly before Christmas at this special event held at the Age UK Day Centre; this year £3,500 was presented at this event. £8,000 had earlier been presented to the ellenor (the main charity supported by On Your Bike) for its hospice services.
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A record amount was collected at the Asda supermarket Gravesend when British Legion supporters together with local Rotarians and youth groups, manned this years stall between November 1st and 12th.
Past president of the Rotary Club of Gravesend Peter Torres (pictured with this years youngest poppy wearer 9 months old Amber Tenison-Bramer from Northfleet with mother Bryony) said “Once again the people of Gravesham have shown their support for our heroes anddonated the magnificent sum of £9,750 from this one store.
“On behalf of everyone who helped in achieving this record amount and the men and women of our armed forces who receive support from the British Legion I would like to say a sincere thank you.”
The Reverend Ken Berken and Canon Rachel are long standing friends of our club and visit us whenever they can during their visits to the UK. Recently we were pleased to give them another cheque for their work with the orphan children of North Kigezi and learn of the latest developments in that area of Uganda. They are pictured above with Chris Keeble, chairman of our International Committee.
We recently joined with our contact club in Cosne-Sancerre in France to provide some help for schools in Haitai. This was a project they initiated. They have recently sent us the following message and video:
It is with great pleasure that I am sending you a link to a film that was made about our Haïtian project, that of equipping out-of-the-way rural schools in the mountains of Haïti with solar panels and digital computer equipment.
The film shows the extent of the work done to furnish these schools, what has been done in the past and the actual teaching methods, as well as the hundreds of young people receiving an education for the first time!
The number of classes will augment as we continue to support Haïti Futur and les Ecoles Abricots.
Again, we thank you very much for your tremendous financial support in this project, without which it would have been difficult for us to achieve these results.
“Here is the link to the film on Youtube. (There are English subtitles.)
The photograph of our past president John Dyke attempting to score another run at the annual Bat and Trap fixture with Rotarians from Rochester sums up our activities on a perfect summer Sunday afternoon.
Look around the scene…plenty of sunshine, room to stretch out and enjoy it after lunch in the marquee and watch someone else look energetics, some are still awake as they wait to be called to save the honour of the side. Not all our time together is spent in doing good works and on this particular afternoon we enjoyed good food and drink, recharging our batteries, meeting old and new friends and planning for the coming months.
And the result of this years match? A close result with our hosts winning by one run! We have warned them that in the coming months we shall be considering lottery funding for better training facilities to help us thrash them next year.
Want to find out more and explore the mysteries of ” Bat and Trap “? Our contact details are elsewhere on this site and we welcome your call.
On Monday August 22nd 2016 the Rotary District Governor Peter West visited us at our lunchtime meeting at the Mid Kent Golf Club. His visit coincided with a visit from Gerald Agibarakwe of Nigeria . New to Gravesend, Gerald has family connections with Rotary back home and obtained our details from this website. He is pictured with our President Dilly Singh on the left and the District Governor on the right.
On Sunday 10th July in Jeskyns Community Woodland park over 500 youngsters with their parents came for 5K colour dash to raise money for the Parents Consortium – a local charity that helps disabled children. Diane Marsh led the team of Rotarians from the three Gravesham clubs in marshalling the event along with a team of Dartford Community Youngsters and another from the local Barclays Bank. The runners all arrived in white T-shirts and each was given a sachet of coloured powder that they then, during their warm-up dance, threw it over their follow competitors. As they ran round the park course, the marshals of the five checkpoint armed with barrels of yet more coloured powder, proceeded to bombard the runners with the powder. Towards the end of the run, it was quite difficult to see who was covered with the most powder, the runners or the marshals; everyone, including the towns deputy Mayor was smothered in the colours of the rainbow.
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Terri who is the Partnership Development Manager for the Kent Training and Apprenticeship, Community Learning and Skills scheme is pictured receiving her prize from Past President Bob Denby and said that “ The Rotary exhibition was truly an eye opener, I was most impressed especially with the work of Inner Wheel the ladies support group. The club’s range of caring and service activities for young and old is extensive and well worth considering by anyone who has some spare time and a wish to help and improve conditions for those in need.”
President John Dyke had explained that the club was proud to show Gravesend what had been done over the past years but more importantly what the plans were for current and future activities.
He said that ”Businesses have to look to the future and train their young people. This is why we support the idea of apprenticeship schemes and would urge employers to invest in the benefits that apprenticeships would bring to their companies”. Anyone interested should contact Terri McDonald on 07769901552.
Friday 8th A The Rotary Club of Gravesend has been serving the local community and the underprivileged abroad for almost 90 years. On Friday the 8th April it showed off its work at Gravesend Library with displays illustrating the work it is currently doing. You can see more about it elsewhere on this web site.
The Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Michael Wenban called in as did members of the public who were invited or came in “off the street”.
Gravesend Inner Wheel was also represented; its members are partners or former partners of Rotarians.