ROTARY ROUND-UP: Something free – Find Out and See?

A sand dam being constructed
A sand dam being constructed

This week, Gerald Illsley, from the Rotary Club of Worthing Steyne, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

See if you like this, the third week of our special offer – something for free: no charge to you.

Rotary Worthing Steyne offers you free membership – until June 30, come for a ‘Find Out and See’ if we can help a local organisation you support or if you are looking for a way to support a local group.

You may have just the skill or knowledge and experience we are looking for and together we could make some useful changes for others in the area.

Locally, after the recent week of heavy rain, sand dams may not be something we need.

But sand dams are one of many ideas Rotary has taken up to help and support others via its Excellent Development scheme.

The picture shows a project to build a sand dam, which are being built in dryland areas around the world to transform the lives of local people through reliable and cost-effective water supplies.

This is a partnership with Rotary project to promote peace, prevent disease, provide access to clean water and sanitation, enhance maternal and child health, improve basic education and literacy, and develop local, rural communities.

Readers may know that more than 40 per cent of the Earth’s surface is dryland – hyper-arid, arid, and dry sub-humid areas where concentrated periods of seasonal rainfall occur.

These dryland areas are in large parts of Africa and Asia, home to around 2.3 billion people, mostly living in rural poverty.

Building sand dams is the most cost-effective way to catch and store rainwater for them and to use for themselves, grow enough food to eat, store and sell and hopefully transform their livelihoods.

Rotary has funded 43 sand dams at a cost of £650,000.

If you’d like to know more, please email: rotary@excellent.org.uk

If you are a local organisation with an idea we could support too, please contact us or come along and see us.

Perhaps also join us at the Worthing Carnival in August – trailer float? A stall?

And don’t forget the free offer...

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 209564.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 501961.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 07788 638757.

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