Charities we supported in 2016-17, Alan Rice-Smith's year as President
This year we have selected several principal charities we will be supporting, in addition to that we also support a number of other local, national, international and Rotary chartities. Here are some of the Charities we will be supporting this year under the umbrella of "THE ROTARY CLUB OF BROOKMANS PARK TRUST FUND - Registered Charity No 1021658.
The South Hertfordshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association helps those in the area who have been affected by Motor Neurone Disease in any way they are there to help. Whether you are living with Motor Neurone Disease, are caring for someone, or have a friend or family member with Motor Neurone Disease, they are there to offer a listening ear, information and support. This includes people with Motor Neurone Disease, their carers, family and friends, and we do this by the following:
- Provide support for people affected by MND
- Raise money to help people affected by MND.
- Raise awareness about MND within Hertfordshire.
- Influence policy and decision-makers within Hertfordshire, to the benefit of people affected by MND.
- Liaise with health and social care professionals such as Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and the Medical Profession.
The Branch holds regular support meetings for people living with Motor Neurone Disease and their carers. These provide an opportunity to meet with other people living with the disease and to share experiences and ides.
For more information visit:- http://www.mndasouthherts.org/
Unlocking Potential In Africa - Everything Red Rubber Ball does – coaching, workshops and community projects – is all part of the same vision. They’re serious about unlocking potential in people – wherever they happen to live – because talent is universal but opportunity isn’t.They're providing opportunities for talent to flourish
Scholarships - The problem that “we are too poor to afford education” is being overcome. Right now there are 44 boys and 40 girls, bright young people from the poorest parts of Kenya, all in secondary school reaching their full potential. This year Brookmans Park Rotary Club is sponsorsing two of those children.
Other projects run by Red Rubber Ball include:-
Educational Farm - Orphaned children near Butere (in Western Kenya) get a good meal every day because of their farm. At the same time, they learn farming skills and they get encouragement and support for their schooling.
Football Academy - The Hope Academy provides football coaching for boys and girls. More than just nurturing a passion for sport, it also provides mentoring that develops their life-skills and encourages them to achieve more in their school work.
Workshops - Every year we share our life-changing workshop "Anything is Possible" with young people from all our projects. In 2014 this included Nairobi, Kenya - "Yote Yawezekana" - providing the children we support with the opportunity of a better life.
International Links - We have established links between primary and secondary schools in the UK and Kenya. This broadens the horizons for both groups of students and can provide a very relevant focus in a number of subjects .
For more information visit:- http://www.redrubberball.co.uk/
Some of the Rotary Charity projects we have supported are:-
Rotary International Haiti - www.ribi.org/news/articles/haiti-rotarian-offers-shelter-to-fellow-earthquake-victims
Polio eradication - www.polioeradication.org
ShelterBox - www.shelterbox.org
We recently donated £1,000 towards Shelter Boxes which are being sent out to the Nepal Eartnquake Relief.