Mary's Meals and Primary Schools in Malawi

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 5th November was Past President Duncan Hamlett from Lunesdale Rotary Club.  For many years he has been involved with the charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’ and has been organising fundraising featuring a request for a Global Grant from Rotary. 

This has been a long drawn out process which has now finally come to fruition.  The project , working with a local Rotary Club in Malawi, was to build a number of pre-schools in the south of the country.  There are now 15 brand new centres catering for 3000 children, many HIV positive, who are provided with two meals a day.

The project is still ongoing and the aim is continue fundraising and to fully equip the centres.

District Governor's Visit

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 22nd October was Mary Bradley, the Rotary District Governor for the North West who came to talk to the club about their achievements in the previous year and highlighted the aims and challenges for the year ahead.

The push to complete Polio Eradication will continue now that we are so close to finishing the project.

Mary’s own project is to support the ‘ShelterBox’ charity and a cheque was given to her to purchase one immediately.

Kendal People's Cafe

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 15th October was Gillian Cowburn who gave a presentation on her involvement with the ‘Kendal People’s Café’. She explained the objects and aims of the charity and how it all began about 18 months ago. 

The café, which is based in ‘The Foyer', on Blackhall Road receives waste food from various sources in and around Kendal which is made into meals which are then served to customers .  The customers then ‘Pay as they Can’ which may be nothing or they can give a donation they can afford. 

The charity now receives food from many supermarkets, wholesalers and food outlets to which they are extremely grateful.  The charity only provides meals for the needy but saves good food from being dumped into landfill - a win/win situation.