Joint gifts boost Foodbank groceries

Several times over the past two years, with the cooperation of Sainsbury’s Harpenden Store, Rotary in Harpenden members have stood outside the store, encouraging customers to buy extra items and, on leaving, to donate them to the St Albans & District Foodbank.

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Modular homes revive Ukrainian village 

Local Rotarians pictured with one of the 124 temporary modular homes that have helped to house residents of Moshchun, a village near the Ukrainian capital, where Russian bombardment destroyed or severely damaged 70% of the buildings. 

Their appeal to other Rotary clubs brought support from 12 countries including Britain. Our Ukrainian Quiz Night, held in November, raised funds for furniture and other household essentials.

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Ready to receive 

Some 19 months ago Rotary in Harpenden took on a project to raise funds to equip a new operating theatre being built at the Kyengera Women’s hospital in Wakiso, near Kampala, Uganda.  

We had the task of raising the equivalent of US$5,000 to get the $30,000+ project off the ground.

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Hearing dogs get a Rotary boost

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People was the ‘President’s Choice’ of charity this year. Here, Rotary in Harpenden President Claire Wright is pictured with Denise Newman and Liz Arendt from the charity, after handing them a cheque for £1,650.

Not to be outdone, Liz’s hearing dog, Rufus, makes sure he’s in the picture.

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Working together, the medical authorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan are making great strides in vaccinating children against polio. Only in those two countries does wild poliovirus remain endemic but because the cases of polio are largely concentrated on the countries’ shared border the medics and their partners in polio eradication

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Money for Mencap

By tradition, a share of the funds raised by Rotary in Harpenden each year is allocated to the ‘President’s charity.’ Harpenden Mencap was Richard Young’s choice during his presidential year.

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