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Paul G Daniels's blog

Usually in February, we find out how successful the Christmas Programme has been. One measure of success is of course how much has been collected for our funds to support the charities and good causes.

Donations from funds raised by Rotherham Sitwell Rotary last Christmas have contributed to the recent purchase of special equipment to support pupils of Newman School, Rotherham. The equipment offers lights and sounds to create a multi-sensory environment and support the learning of children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs.

Pushpa Venkatraman, a resident of Duke of Norfolk estate, started an initiative to support hospice and other healthcare sectors with PPE. She coordinated a group of ladies and provided fabric for making scrubs for use at the Rotherham District General Hospital as well as masks for the vulnerable.

How have our charities been running during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Lockdown?

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club is supporting Shiloh a charity that offers support to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Rotherham. Shiloh works alongside every ‘guest’ , to help them to plan for and realise a better future.

In November 2018, some Rotherham Sitwell Rotarians worked over a week end to clear some of the extensive grounds of Newman School. In May 2019, nine of us re-visited the school, to prepare an area for wild flowers.

The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held on 16th May and gave us all the opportunity to reflect on 2018-19. The chairs of the five committees reported on our key achievements as well as giving some points for development. These included:
• An efficiently run Club with a varied calendar and enjoyable range of social activities
• The Induction of a new member, Steve Burns

The latest letter from Dibas Subedi is included in the Fishtail Fund section of the website. Dibas (sometimes written as Diwas) tells us how he is working hard to pass his secondary school examinations in 2019 and - hopefully - progress to learning to be a civil engineer.

There are still some tickets left for the Christmas Concert. Ask any Club member or use the "Contact" page to get in touch with us. Alternatively pay on the door. The Concert has the renowned Unite the Union Brass Band and a local rising star - Brogan. Tickets are just £7 and include light refreshments.

A risk assessment is a plan to avoid causing harm to people and taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in our activities including where we interact with the public.

Well - Joe and Danny have done it and all on schedule! The sensory room is now completed and available for the children and young people with very limited communication skills. The grand opening was on Tuesday 23 October with a number of visitors. Unfortunately although scheduled to attend, the Prime Minister of Romania was re-scheduled and was unable to attend.

The little and large versions of Joe and Danny are off on their journey to Bârlad, Romania to transport and then install their fourth sensory room. This time, the sensory room will be in the Children’s’ Hospital in Bârlad which cares for children and young adults with severe sensory and communication disorders including autism, Down's Syndrome, speech and mobility difficulties.

From left to right, Rob Barron, President, RC Dronfield; Deewas Subedi; Rama Kanta Baral, PP RC Pohara Fishtail

We have recently had word on the progress of Deewas Subedi, the student in Pookhara, Nepal whose education is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rotherham Sitwell. Deewas is working hard and has recently received very good results for his studies. He is now in year 10 and will hopefully progress to his school's Sixth Form in the next academic year.

Joe Walker and Danny Thomson receiving £500 from Sutton-in-Ashfield Rotary Club

In late 2016, I contacted the Sutton-in-Ashfield Rotary Club to let them know that one of their local citizens, Danny Thompson, was a co-founder of the charity People-in-Need Worldwide. I also let them know that one of our own citizens, Joe Walker, was the other founder and that Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club had supported the charity for a number of years.

What follows is news for those who weren’t members of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club in 2012 and an update for those of who were. In 2012 we contributed to a project headed up by Mike Sumption of Rotherham Rotary Club to support the development of a “farm school” in Malealea, Lesotho.