Rotary Shoeboxes Score Another Double

For the second year running our Rotary shoeboxes not only carried toys, games, writing materials and toiletries to disadvantaged youngsters and elderly people in central and eastern Europe; they also gave a massive boost to the funds needed by a women’s hospital in Uganda.

1044 special shoeboxes, supplied by Rotary in Harpenden, were filled by pupils from 13 local primary schools, a Scout group and several grown-ups, to be delivered in time for Christmas.

Those participating regularly meet the cost of the boxes with a generosity that creates a surplus, which this year they unanimously agreed should be donated to a US$30,000 project to improve facilities at Kyengera Women’s Hospital in Wakiso near Kampala in Uganda.

The surplus amounted to £973 which, with contributions from two local charities, brought the amount up to some $5,000. This money was then given a massive 780% boost by Rotary’s own international charity, The Rotary Foundation, making the donation worth $39,000 on the ground in Uganda.

‘What an amazing result,’ said Rotary in Harpenden President Claire Wright. ‘This year we have also achieved a notable total of 20,149 shoeboxes delivered in the 22 years we, working with local schools, have been involved with the nationwide Rotary Shoebox scheme.’

Photo: Pupils from High Beeches Primary School with some of the 153 Rotary Shoeboxes they filled.


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