Update on the Bendrigg Trust

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 20th October was Trevor Clarke, the Principal of the Bendrigg Trust at Old Hutton, who gave us an update on the work of the charity.

Last year the Rotary Club  gave a donation from  their Graham Lowe Charity Fund and Trevor explained how the money was used and explained how specific individuals benefited by attending various courses and workshops. The Club is always keen to support local charities and the Bendrigg Trust is a prime example  of one which benefits the whole area.

The ‘Eshowe’ schools project

Brian Walker

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 6th October was Past President Brian Walker of the Rotary Club of Blackpool who gave a presentation about the ‘Eshowe’ schools project.

He and his club are proposing to provide proper toilets for a number of schools in the KwaZulu region of Natal. As one of the poorest parts of the country, the current facilities are totally inadequate for both teachers and pupils and he needs to raise £20,000 to cover the costs.

The Smiles Foundation

Vic BrownThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 22nd September was Vic Brown who gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’, in which he described his 14 year involvement with Romania and the people he met whilst there.

For many years he has provided help and support for the disadvantaged people of the country whilst working with ‘The Smiles Foundation’, which is a Christian charity “Bringing Hope and Smiles to Romania”.

More information they can be found on their website www.thesmilesfoundation.org.

The ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’ course

Heather Karney, Rtn Kevion Cook and Isaac LasseyThe speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 29th September were Heather Kerney, from Kirkby Kendal School and Isaac Lassey from Queen Katherine School, who earlier this year had attended the ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’ course held at the Castlesteads Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

They gave an illustrated talk describing their experiences during the week-long course and how they had both benefited and thoroughly enjoyed it. They tackled many activities like, canoeing, raft building, ghyll scrambling, climbing, wild camping expedition, public speaking and raising money for charity, to name just a few.

The photo shows Heather Kearney (left), Rtn Kevin Cook - Youth Service committee (centre) and Isaac Lassey (right).

Working for the Rotary Doctor Bank in Uganda

Tim JenkinsonThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club was Dr Tim Jenkinson of Lancaster Rotary Club.

For a number of years he has been involved with the Rotary Doctor Bank. He and other, mainly retired, medical personnel give up several weeks a year to assist at hospitals and medical centres in developing countries.

He described his links with Kamyli Hospital in Uganda and showed the meeting the conditions. His wife assists at the local secondary school.