David Harvey gave a talk on the work of the Derbyshire Blood Bikes Charity.
The Charity was set up and registered in 2012 to provide a service to the two main Hospitals in Derbyshire, Royal Derby and Chesterfield Callow. Their members are volunteers who give of their time freely mainly for the urgent delivery of blood and blood products for these hospitals. Currently they have seven bikes and one car for this service which receives no public money and is dependant on public donations. The service is available 24/7 and in 2017 received 630 calls from the NHS.
In 2017 they extended the service to include urgent prescriptions.
President Dennis Fretwell presenting a cheque for £200 to David Harvey of Derbyshire Blood Bikes being part of the proceeds from our 2017 Santa Collection.
Today we held our AGM when the subscription for the next Rotary year was agreed.
The committee chairman presented their reports on the projects carried out during the current Rotary year.
The Officers, Council members and the Committee Chairman for the next Rotary year, starting on the 1st of July, were duly elected.
Claire Dyson from the Alfreton Scouts receiving a cheque for £250 from our Christmas Float Collection from President Dennis Fretwell and Rotarian Stan Green.
The Alfreton Scouts have some 65 members. The donation is to be used to replace their well worn and used maps together with some compasses.
Christine McNeice and Lorraine Gathani from the Dynamite Club of Holmewood receiving a cheque for £226 from our Christmas Float Collection from President Dennis Fretwell and Immediate Past President Roger Stevenson.
The Dynamite Club is a free youth club for 4 to 11 year old and has been running for 26 years.
It was agreed to distribute the monies collected at the Christmas Santa Collections as follows:
3rd Alfreton Scouts, Eco Greenhouse for Lees School Alfreton, Air Ambulance, Dukes Barn Beeley, Dynamite Club, Alferton Community Centre, Riddings Community Centre, Derbyshire Young Carers, The Community Emergency First Responders.
It was further agreed to donate from the Clubs General Benevolent Fund £250 .00 to the Sequai Trust to be used towards the purchase of equipment for a named disabled young girl residing in Alfreton.
The Charity continue to help the unfortunate child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with almost 500 children having been given some hope in their lives by visiting this area, in the years since the disaster, for respite and a recuperative holiday.
It is proposed this year to bring a further 20 children to stay with local volunteer host families, receiving the benefits of good uncontaminated and healthy food, clean fresh air and a healthy environment in which to convalesce, all in an effort to rebuild their much depleted immune systems and give them hope and an opportunity of improved health.
The club members in support of this cause are pleased to donate £458 to pay for the airfare and travel costs for one of the children.
Past District Governor Peter Moralee explained to the club the Rotary District 1220 Signature Sand Dams Project to fund the construction of a number of Sand Dams in Kenya during this Rotary year via a Rotary Foundation Global Grant.
Before the grant can be applied for District 1220 need to show they have pledges from the clubs in the District to the value of £9000. District has already received pledges totalling just over £6000.
District will have a contract with Excellent Development in the UK as their partners via the African Sand Dams Foundation to arrange the actual building of the Dams. Excellent Development have successfully constructed over 100 Dams to date, benefiting over one hundred thousand people to have clean fresh water “on tap” 365 days a year. The water is stored below ground in a bed of filtration sand which also protects the water from breeding mosquitoes and other insects.
A community Dam not only provides water for domestic use, it enables it to provide year-round irrigation for food production and industrial use such as brick making.
Not having to fetch water frees the time women and children previously spent every day collecting water, which was often contaminated. This enables the children to attend school and the women can be involved in more productive work.
Moira Rees gave a talk on the hobby of willow sculpture a hobby she took up as recently as last February. To illustrate her talk she showed us her present project which is a Schnauzer Dog explaining how she has constructed it so far and the further work needed to complete it.
In December she made and kindly donated to the club two Reindeer for our Christmas Sleigh.
The club presented Moira with a cheque for £200.00 which she has asked us to donate to The Royal Derby Hospital Scanner Appeal.
Thank you Moira for your generosity.
Emily and Liam Carrington-Morris the co-owners and editors of the local magazines Voice. Gave and interesting and informative talk describing the early days of setting up the magazine where they are today and their future plans for the expansion of the magazine.
On Monday the 8th of January the Club invited members of the Alfreton Inner Wheel Club together with guests of the neighbouring Rotary Clubs and personal guests of members to their first luncheon meeting of 2018 at Higham Farm Hotel.
The guest speaker Peter Singleton a Lay reader at St Martin Church, Alfreton gave his New Year message of ‘Hope’ for the present and the future.