Apr 252020

Our club has supported this local charity by financial donations for a number of years, and in addition in recent school holidays, members have been involved in “hands-on” help with the provision of hot meals during School holidays for the less fortunate youngsters.

The present Covid-19 pandemic rules have put a stop to the latter, but the Hive Hope Food Bank in Northfleet is still operating.

There is the expected reduction in donations, particularly at the Supermarket donation point, which is down by as much as 50%, and this is coupled with a very substantial increase in the number of people who need help during the ongoing lockdown.

Our club is keeping close contact with Deborah Keys who runs the charity. Some of the loss of donations is being made up by financial help from regular donors. Members of our club are making personal donations to assist in these most challenging times. We send every good wish to all the helpers at this charity, its donors and the families that are being helped.

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John Baker

Apr 222020

The picture shows boys from the Sunshine Centre in Naivasha Kenya. It was taken last July when two of our members, Di Trimm and Chris Keeble with their spouses Malcolm and Marion visited and worked at the Centre for two weeks.

Footsteps International Charity started the Sunshine Centre nearly 20 years ago to provide accommodation and schooling for boys who were living on the streets of Naivasha.

How things have changed following the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kenyan Government has told children’s institutions to link children back with their relatives where possible to reduce crowding and decrease the risk of spreading. Most of the boys have some family who can care for them, but those who do not are being cared for by staff members.

The boys who have been sent back to their families are at great risk because they are likely to revert to the street for their survival. The very reason that they were encouraged to go to the Centre in the first place.

The Centre staff acted fast and very soon were able to take emergency supplies to 10 families and this has increased, providing them with flour, beans, bars of soap and green vegetables from the Sunshine Centre Farm.

To support this action the Rotary Club of Gravesend donated £500 to Footsteps International which was matched by Rotary District 1120 to make a total grant of £1,000.

To see how Sunshine Centre are continuing to manage at these times please go to their website www.footstepsinternational.org

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Chris Keeble

Apr 182020

Sunday, 19 April, was to be the day when hundreds of cyclists rode ‘On Your Bike.’

Gravesend Rotary’s famous ride raises funds for charities and this year especially Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services.

The ride now is not until September. But Gravesend Rotary has discovered that this charity urgently needs funds through the extra demands of the virus emergency and the effects of lockdown.

But at the same time they have drastic loss of regular income and cancelling of fund raising events.

People affected by dementia and their families are needing guidance and support throughout this pandemic. They operate the Kent Dementia Helpline and have responded to 950 contacts since lockdown began.

The charity is also working closely with health and social professionals to identify those people living with dementia at risk of isolation and ill health so that they can give support.

Please help now. Text ‘2020OYB’  (twenty twenty OYB)  to 70470 to donate £5.

Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

For more details see our web site