ICS in Burkina Faso

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 9th January was Jonathon Snowden who gave presentation about the African Country of Burkina Faso. 

He had been involved in a project with the UN International Citizen Service.  Burkina Faso, formally the primarily French speaking Republic of Upper Volta,  is not only land locked  but one of the poorest countries in Africa.

He explained how the Handicap Solidaire Burkina organisation takes volunteers on 14 week placements to provide support and promote people with disabilities.

I.C.S. International Service

Yasmin AzaryaThe speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 12thDecember was Yasmin Azarya who is going to spend her ‘gap year’ working for the I.C.S International Service.

The International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds.

She is going to travel to Ghana, based near the town of Tamale in the north of the country, for a three month period to help with Ghanaian volunteers on a number of projects. She will give the club an update on her experiences on her return to this country.

Blood Bikes

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.