The Rotary Club of Penrith invites you to enter a team in our Swimathon which will take place on Saturdays 27th Jan and 3rd Feb 2018. This fun event is intended to provide you with an opportunity to raise funds for your own preferred charity, good cause, more
On 11th November 2017 the Kendal Deaf Centre on Castle Street was officially re-opened. It has taken nearly two years to complete the renovations caused by storm Desmond in December 2015, and It was a major task because of the severity of the damage and the massive shortfall caused by an uninsured loss. The whole of the foundations of the buildings had to be replaced, a difficult and expensive task as well a complete refurbishment of the whole property.
The Cumbria Deaf Association had to find in the region of £40,000 and Kendal Rotary Club decided to step in and try to help. They applied for a District Grant from District 1190’s flood relief scheme. Three District Officers came and surveyed the damage and very quickly decided that they could give £15,000 and, not only that, they would in turn apply for a matching grant from Rotary Great Britain & Ireland. Again, with the minimum of fuss, the grant was quickly approved and the necessary funds transferred. Three quarters of the funds required, sourced at a stroke (£30,000). This is a classic case of ‘Rotary in Action’ and one of the best adverts of Rotary working with their local community.
It was therefore wonderful to see the finished renovation and the official re-opening allowing Cumbria Deaf Association to thank Rotary publicly, as the major contributor, and the other funders. Invited dignitaries assembled at 11am and a minutes silence was held to commemorate Remembrance Day which was followed by the opening by the Chairman of Trustees of CDA, Cllr. Roger Bingham of Cumbria County Council.
Many members of CDA including their CEO, John Brennan, who gave the initial welcoming speech, and members of the Kendal Deaf Club also attended. There is now a plaque on the outside of the building highlighting the massive contribution by Rotary.
GALA PREVIEW SHOWING OF ‘BREATHE'
Lytham Rotarian Rob Dunn (seated) chats to RotaryGBI President 2019-20 Donna Wallbank as she experiences a few minutes in a replica iron lung built by Roger Frank, and transported to Lytham by fellow Upper Eden RC member John Begg (standing).
The Prosecco corks popped and there was a fizz in the air South Fylde's Gala preview showing of ‘Breathe' — the film that promises to be the cinema hit of the year.
Around 250 Rotarians and other cinema goers filled the reception area of Lytham's Lowther Pavilion before stepping on to the red carpet and enjoying their Prosecco in style. The event was a coup for the District being the first advance showing of ‘Breathe' in England and the first such event for the newly refurbished Pavilion Theatre.
A joint venture by the three South Fylde Rotary Clubs of Lytham, Kirkham and Rural Fylde and St Annes, the event was also a commemoration of World Polio Day on 24th October and served to raise £2000 to end polio, which will be turned into £6000 thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. District Governor Larry Branyan welcomed everyone and congratulated the Clubs on working together as a cluster to present such an historic evening.
Prior to the film the audience heard on video from Bill Gates and other well-known personalities about the importance of reducing polio figures to zero. Leading actor Andrew Garfield who portrayed Robin Cavendish - the world’s longest living ‘responaut’ spoke on the Andrew Marr Show the following morning praising Rotary for its part in helping slash the number of polio victims from hundreds of thousands a year to single figures. ‘Breathe' went out on general release on 27th October.
RotaryGBI President 2019-20 Donna Wallbank travelled up from South Wales especially for the occasion. She said: "World Polio Day was recognised by so many, but for me it was such a profound experience being in an Iron Lung at Lytham's event. A machine that breathed for you was profound beyond words and to realise one lady lived in that machine for 58 years! "We have to get to Zero - we have to keep our the promise to rid the world of Polio….”
District Governor Larry Branyan and RotaryGBI President 2019-20 Donna Wallbank with winners of the the local newspaper competition for tickets for the event.
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