ROTARY ROUND-UP: Worthing Rotary present worthy charities with large cash boosts

John Leitch presents a cheque for �1,500 to councillor Norah Fisher, to go towards the Canine Partners Charity
John Leitch presents a cheque for �1,500 to councillor Norah Fisher, to go towards the Canine Partners Charity

This week, Kim Woodley, from the Rotary Club of Worthing, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

Immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Worthing, John Leitch, and his wife Joanne, were able to present the proceeds of a year of table sales, tombolas, raffles and jazz nights to the worthy recipients of his Presidential Charity Appeal.

An impressive £1,500 was presented to councillor Norah Fisher, and her assistance dog Herbie, towards the Canine Partners Charity.

This was followed by a £1,500 cheque to Rotarian Marlene Butler, fundraiser of the Worthing & District Samaritans.

The ceremony was witnessed by members of the Rotary Club of Worthing whose ranks were swelled on this occasion by David Leitch (John’s son) and his four children visiting from Arizona, USA.

Meanwhile we continue to fundraise with an Antiques Valuation Day on Saturday, July 25, at Offington Park Methodist Church Hall, Worthing, BN14 7TN, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

The cost is just £5 per item or £10 for up to three items.

On the evening of August 3 we have a Garden Party with a two course buffet supper and glass of wine for just £12.

For tickets contact Kim Woodley by email: kimwoodley@btinternet.com, or call 07941 181601.

The proceeds from this event will go to the innovative Virtual Doctors charity.

This amazing new charity, run by a local man, sets out to give medical help to the people of Zambia.

In Zambia there are only 1,600 doctors for a population of over 14 million.

Two thirds of these doctors live in urban areas, but two thirds of the population live in rural Zambia.

Consequently, most rural health centres are poorly staffed and under-equipped.

This means patients are often not properly treated, so their condition deteriorates.

They then have to walk or cycle for many hours, or even days, to reach a district hospital.

As a result, one in nine children will not reach the age of five!

A shocking number in today’s world.

Common ailments include: malaria, TB, HIV/Aids, maternity complications, animal and snake bites, malnutrition and anaemia.

Accurate diagnosis and early treatment improve a patient’s chances of recovery, without being referred to hospital.

The Virtual Doctors is a unique project.

Its simple system, designed with rural Africa in mind, connects remote healthcare workers in Zambia with a panel of medical experts who give diagnosis and treatment advice.

As a result, patients are diagnosed more quickly and more often treated in their own communities.

Lives are saved.

For further information look at the website: http://www.virtualdoctors.org

To join Rotarians in making a difference to the lives of others, both locally and internationally, have a look at our website, call us or come along to one of our Monday lunchtime meetings.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 262222.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 535900.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 01903 234957.

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