Rare Honour for Rtn Bob - Paul Harris Sapphire

Past President Bob Ferguson, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin on Friday 19 January 2018

The eRanger ambulance handover in Mbale, Uganda. Bob Ferguson is fourth from the left

Past President Bob Ferguson, a member of Ashby de la Zouch Club for the last 14 years, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin on Friday 19 January. The occasion was the donation of Ashby Clubs’ Santa collections to local charities.

Bob is Chairman of the Club’s Foundation sub-committee and has done sterling work for Rotary’s charity since he joined the Club. He is also one of those special people who never refuse a request for help.

One of his early projects was to raise sufficient money within the Club to obtain a matching District Grant to buy motorcycle ambulances for Uganda. Bob is pictured above, fourth from the left, in Mbale.  He cooperated with PONT, the Partnership Overseas Networking Trust set up in south Wales to assist the people of Mbale, Uganda.

Most of the people in that area live many miles from local medical centres and their only means of transport is cycle or to walk. Most roads are unsuitable for 4-wheeled vehicles, so the motorcycle ambulance is the most suitable form of transport.

Bob made three trips to Uganda: one to hand over the ambulance and subsequently to take medical supplies and mosquito nets: all at his own expense.

President Phil Dyer said prior to making the award: ‘The Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded by Rotary to those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Rotary causes. We have several in the room tonight and I would like to ask you all to stand please.
‘I have an additional award tonight for one of you. This Rotarian joined Ashby Rotary in 2004 and during that time he has graced our Club as President and led on many International projects.
‘Bob, your commitment and passion in supporting the End Polio Now campaign has been an inspiration to your fellow members for the past few years.
‘More recently, you have dedicated a considerable amount of time into raising funds in the form of a District Grant to boost the fund raising we have undertaken in support of Hospice Hope. Your quiet determination and selfless manner is there for all of us to see.  Lastly, but no means least, you are a lovely man.
‘Bob Ferguson, you have already been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, and so it is indeed a great privilege to honour you with a Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin.’

It was no surprise that the announcement was met with a long round of applause.