Aug 262020
Polio Out of Africa

It’s official — history has again been made with confirmation that you and me and all have helped kick wild Polio out of Africa. For four years there has not been a single wild Polio case in the 47 countries of the Africa region. So thank you to everyone who has helped Rotary groups plant

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May 292020
Footsteps distributes food parcels

Our (former) street boys have left the Sunshine Centre to live with their families, and are therefore back in the conditions that drove them to the streets in the first place. During May, the Sunshine Centre team distributed another round of emergency packs to all of our boys and their families. Each pack contained 10

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May 122020
Update on Grant to Footsteps International working in Kenya

The £1000 grant money from our Club and local District 1120 received at the end of last month is already being put to excellent use. The Sunshine Centre, schools, hotels and tourism all remain closed. The resulting impact, particularly on the poorest people, has been huge. Last month Footsteps International supplied emergency food and hygiene

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Apr 222020
Help for footsteps International in Kenya

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

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Nov 122019
Crocuses herald an end to Polio

There will be a display of 4,000 purple crocuses in Woodlands Park, Gravesend next Spring thanks to the Rotary Club of Gravesend assisted by pupils from St George’s Church of England School and Gravesham Borough Council. The flowers will not be there just to look pretty: they will symbolise the efforts of Rotary clubs around

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Oct 302019
Clocktower goes purple for Polio

We marked World Polio Day on Thursday, 24 October, 2019 by arranging with Gravesham Council for the Gravesend Clock Tower to be floodlit in purple, the colour adopted by the End Polio Now campaign. It was great for us to be able to mark World Polio Day in this way and then explain to the

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Oct 162019
Clock Tower to shine purple on World Polio Day

Gravesend’s famous Clock Tower will shine purple from sunset to midnight on Thursday, 24 October, 2019, joining thousands of buildings around the globe for World Polio Day. Polio now seems a distant memory in the UK although our children are still routinely vaccinated against it. Gravesend Rotary is supporting the global campaign to see the

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Oct 152019
Rotarians visit Footsteps in Kenya

On Tuesday evening two of our members Di Trimm and Chris Keeble gave a presentation to the three local Rotary clubs about their trip to Kenya. The purpose of the visit was to spend 2 weeks in and around The Sunshine Centre in Naivasha, Kenya. The Centre is organised by two special people, Martin and

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Sep 292019
Wrotham Road School to help ShelterBox

Wrotham Road Primary School has chosen ShelterBox as one the charities it will support by raising funds in this new academic year. A team from Rotary Club of Gravesend visited the school on 16th September and Chris Keeble spoke to the pupils (see photo above) about disaster relief and the part ShelterBox plays. On display

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Aug 092019
Tribute to PolioPlus in Parliament

Former Prime Minister, Theresa May, paid tribute to Rotary’s work in eradicating polio, in particular to Judith Diment, Chair of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force. It followed a question from Alistair Burt MP, a former Middle East and International Development Minister. He asked: “Can I thank my Right Honourable Friend for her work supporting

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