Update on the Khiraule project

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Philip HoyleThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 7th November was Philip Hoyle, one of their own members. Since 2014,  Philip has been responsible for  overseeing a project to help a village in Nepal (Khiraule) to provide recourses for their local school.

Over £30,000 has been raised and allowed the school to have proper sanitation, a clean water supply, repairs and extensions to the existing building as well as equipment and educational  materials.  He has been in touch since the recent disastrous earthquakes and he reported on how the village, although suffering  substantial damage, is coping.

The next phase of the project is to help fund the building of a Community Hall at a cost of about £20,000.

Blood Bikes

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Philip Russell & Leon BarnesThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 5th December was Philip Russell from the North West Blood Bikes charity who gave an illustrated presentation on their work.   

The organisation which was set up in 2013 now has over 400 riders who, either riding their own bikes or when qualified using the charities bikes, to deliver blood, samples, records and anything which can safely be transported on a motorcycle. 

Westmorland Red Squirrels

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Bob Cartwright

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th October was Bob Cartwright of the ‘Westmorland Red Squirrels’, who gave an illustrated presentation on the work of the society.

He explained about the plight of red squirrels in this country and how they are combating the increase of grey squirrels since 1940. He detailed the measures being taken to ensure that the species survives and how this can be achieved.

The use of trapping and extensive monitoring is resulting in a gradual increase in reds and shows that all hope is not lost and this part of England’s heritage is not lost for ever.

The Northern Traverse in aid of Brain Cancer Research

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The speaker on 19th September was Dr Angela White who has set herself a target of raising £10,000 for Brain Cancer Research by taking part in extreme challenges, pushing herself beyond what most of us could only dread! She told of us of her experience in the Northern Traverse, a "run" of 190 miles across Wainwright's Coast to Coast.

She painted a vivid picture of crossing her "Bog of Doom" in swirling mist on the descent to Keld, of being hypothermic after 66hours, of keeping her shoes on because her feet were by then in such a terrible state, putting them on again would have been impossible, and described her consciousness at a level of "thinking through treacle". She did it: 191.1 miles, moving time 63:23, total time 88 hours (that's not a lot of rest over the 5 days!) and has so far raised £6,821 towards her target: next up "Lakes in a Day".

£250 funds a day's research for the Brain Tumour Charity: brain tumours claim the lives of many young people, but research is significantly under funded compared with the "popular" charities where survival rates are improving in relation to the funding received and research carried out.

The Rotary Young Technology Competition

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The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 3rd October was Rotarian Peter Lambson from the Carnforth club and he is the District co-ordinator for the Rotary Young Technology competition. 

This is held annually for all the secondary schools in the north west of England and challenges team of four pupils to design and build a working model to fulfil a brief given to them on the day (all equipment and materials are supplied) . 

There are three levels, basic, intermediate and advanced, depending on their age, and the Kendal Club has agreed to host the event for the south lakes area. It will be held in March 2017 and detail will be sent out in December.