Well we should have been celebrating President Sandra’s last event with a lovely dinner. Instead Covid 19 has taken over and we are in lockdown. Never a Club to dwell on negatives, we celebrated our wonderful NHS instead. Here we are, loud and proud, clapping for the NHS. Not everyone could send in photos but we sent loads of supportive messages via our new WhatsApp group.
By wearing purple of course! Because the MAR meeting was the day before International Women’s Day, we decked ourselves out in as much purple as possible! Julie, one of our newest Club members read the Mission Statement. Besides the reports from the MAR executive, we talked about ways we can celebrate our Centenary next year. The possibility of a sculpture at the National Memorial Arboretum is very exciting.
And in the UK too! Well who knew that the Red Cross worked in the UK as well as internationally! Not many of our Club, that was for sure! Cara Munrow , our local fundraiser, certainly educated us on the work they do at home as well as abroad. Besides First Aid courses, they provide all sorts of other support in a crisis that we hadn’t thought about. Not only does the Red Cross provide physical items such as mobility aids and practical help after a flood or fire. Given the recent floods around the country this winter they have been especially busy. They also provide emotional support to those affected by a crisis. Because of their expertise they are also the biggest provider of refugee and International family tracing services. As one of our members put it – Cara, thank you
Yes – because sadly the stats for foodbanks if anything are getting worse. Andy Bower from the Trussell Trust gave us an update on the foodbank situation in our area. The stats make salutary reading. There are now 465 foodbanks in the UK. Besides the one in Kenilworth there are now a total of 6 in the Warwick District. With 158 referral agencies locally more than 5,100 including children were helped in 2019. 53,500 tons of food has been distributed. December was particularly busy with 180 people per week helped. The main users being single men and single parent families (usually women). And the main reasons for need are low income, benefit delays and changes, debt and homelessness.
As you can imagine – very difficult as our speaker Heather Alford explained Heather introduced us to life in Nepal, a county with exceptionally rough terrain where there are few made up roads making it difficult to get about. The Nepalese farm on terraced fields making the most of every inch of fertile land to grow crops. How do Nepalese women access treatment for leprosy? Leprosy can be treated but sufferers are often unable or willing to come to hospitals for treatment. The Leprosy Mission now goes out to find those with the condition to give treatment. So what’s the impact of leprosy for women? Most of the hard farming work is done by women by hand as the terrine is to difficult for farm machinery. Heather explained how she used her physiotherapy skills on her two five month visits
Just one of the teams that Club fielded to support our local branch of the NSPCC. We had a great time and were thrilled that the magnificent sum of £870 was raised during the evening. Join us when they hold the next one by contacting us via our website or Facebook or Twitter. We’d love you to see you.
By donating and buying second hand books throughout the year. We’ve raised enough money to help 7 families. It’s truly amazing how such a relatively small donation can have such a big impact on the lives of children with cerebral palsy in Malawi. Working with the our friend Gordon Cowie and the charity Friends of Sick Children in Malawi, we have provided wheelchairs for 7 children. These give them dignity, the chance to play, go to school, join in family life. And helps the health of their mothers who no longer have to carry them .
Would you know how to respond in those first moments if someone had enough courage to tell you that they thought they were being abused? Could you recognise the signs that someone might want to tell you something important about their situation? How would you raise the subject if you thought someone might be in an abusive relationship?
Following our ceremony to remember our Friendship links with other Clubs, we welcomed Cheryll Rawbone, Chairman of a local charity called the Friendship Project. The charity works to link disadvantaged children to adult volunteers as friends to enjoy regular 1-2-1 support and enable these young people to have a positive outcome. The charity has deservedly one several awards, the most recent being the ‘Achieves for Charity’ in October 2018 and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service When thanking Cheryll for her very interesting talk, Club member Barbara so eloquently said ‘Out there, in our own community, there are so many people vulnerable young people and many of them have broken wings If a regular friend can show them respect and give them a regular special time when they feel safe and secure and valued, with time those broken wings may begin to slowly heal and