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.

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.

The Rotary Jaipur Limb Project

Bernard Tupman

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 18th August was Rotarian Bernard Tupman from the Rotary Club of Irlam. He is involved with the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project and he gave a presentation about the history and work of the charity.

It is aimed, in India and Africa, at providing low-cost, uncomplicated, lightweight and hard wearing lower leg prosthetics as well as providing, where possible, corrective surgery for polio sufferers. An artificial leg which in this country would cost thousands of pounds can be produced for just £30 and made to measure and fitted in a matter of days.

Round the World Cycle Tour

Cressida AllwoodThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 1st September was Cressida Allwood who gave a presentation entitled ‘Round the World Cycle Tour’.

In 2011 she left her job to attempt this challenge and she described how she would cycle, as the name implies, around the world. She was following her philosophy that ‘life is not the dreams you have but the dreams you realise’.

She travelled through Pakistan, (and all the ‘stans’), Turkey, Greece, Borneo, Australia, New Zealand and finally South America to name but a few. She is now back and living in Kendal.

Remembering the First World War

The speakers at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 4th August were four of our own members, President Ruth Otway, Angie Biggs, Trevor Hughes and Stan O’Connor.

As it was 100 years since the start of WWI, they each gave a 10 minute presentation about it, covering the reasons for the build up to the War, its effect on Kendal, the Gallipoli Campaign and the poems of Wilfred Owen.