On a very wet Sunday morning on 13 October 2019 members of our Club participated with the Rotary Club of Redditch Kingfisher in their attempt to set a world record for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The event was an attempt to plant 12,000 crocus bulbs at Arrow Valley Park in Redditch in just one hour, which we achieved. The event was recorded on video and verified and witnessed in accordance with Guinness requirements. Amongst others, local RAF cadets and Rotaractors assisted with the planting. The event was staged in support of the international ‘End Polio Now’ campaign and World Polio Day which falls on 24 October this year. The event culminated in a vote of thanks by the Mayor of Redditch. In the first picture, Rotarian Priya Rampal is dressed in purple, which illustrates well the ‘Purple for Polio’ concept! Only three countries still have polio victims, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The fight to eradicate polio continues with the support of Rotary International, the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!! Thanks to our Club members Amal, Priya, Tony, Mu, Ray and Ron for supporting the event!
Members of the South Bromsgrove High School Interact Club were front of house and instrumental in helping to raise £472 at a concert at the School on 26 September for the benefit of the school in Tanzania, which is the Interact Club’s chosen international project. The school orchestra performed in the first half of the concert, and the New Life Band took to the stage for the second half. One Interact Club member was busy too sorting out the sound and lighting! Congratulations to our Interactors!!
Our President Tony Docherty and wife Mu will be hosting a charity dinner at their restaurant the Maekong Thai in Bromsgrove on 22 October to contribute to the efforts to eradicate polio across the world. World Polio Day falls on 24 October this year. Contact Tony at the restaurant if you would like to attend.
Our Club had its meeting at Bromsgrove School on 24 September, and we enjoyed meeting Daisy Askew and her father John. Daisy received some funding from the Rotary Club to support her trip to the World Scout Jamboree in America this year. She attended our gathering in Scout uniform and recounted her experiences in America, and told us how much the trip had assisted her self confidence and development. Also present were members of the New Life Band from Tanzania, who are raising funds in the UK for their school in Arusha. Our President Tony Docherty presented the band with a donation of £1000. They sang for us after our meal, and even taught us some words in Swahili. The school in Tanzania has an established connection with South Bromsgrove High School, and one of our members the Head Teacher Chris Smith was also present. Our Interact Club at South has chosen to support the school in Tanzania as its international project. Additionally, Assistant Governor Amal Rampal demonstrated an Aquabox water filter and allied equipment.
Our President Tony Docherty inducted new member Priya Rampal at our meeting held on 13 August 2019, following her father Assistant District 1060 Governor and Immediate Past President Amal Rampal into the world of Rotary. We welcome her warmly to our Club and know that she will bring much energy and commitment to all that we tackle in our activities in suppoŕt of communities.
The Rotary Club of Bromsgrove staged an event in partnership with South Bromsgrove High School at the school on 18 July to charter our new Interact Club. After an introduction by Tony Docherty our President, District 1060 Governor Bala Jaspal presented the certificate incorporating the Interact Club within Rotary International to Liz Dawson President of the Interact Club in the presence of Chris Smith Head Teacher and Rotarian and Nick Coates Head of Sixth Form, and thanked the students for their commitment and hard work in support of others less fortunate than ourselves. Several parents of student members of the Interact Club also attended the event.
We are delighted to report that the magnificent sum of £1502.06 was raised in support of Burnaid at the Bromsgrove Bluegrass Bash held in the High Street on 29 June 2019. We send a huge vote of thanks to Andrew Wuzik and his fellow musicians for their efforts again in support of such a worthwhile cause! Thanks go also to our members and to the members of our Interact Club for their efforts in collecting the money raised on the day from the public.
New District Governor Bala Jaspal attended our Business/Council Meeting on 9 July 2019 held at the Maekong Thai Restaurant in Bromsgrove. After speaking to members, Bala presented Immediate Past President Amal Rampal and new President Tony Docherty with Certificates of Recognition for their sterling work in support of the Club and Rotary in general.
Club President Tony Docherty presented Bala Jaspal with a cheque in the sum of £250 for her chosen charity ‘Heads Together.’
The Club is pleased to be sponsoring three Sixth Form students from South Bromsgrove High School to attend a residential weekend from 12-14 July 2019 at a centre at Lichfield, where on completion they will gain a Rotary Youth Leader Award. The students are existing members of our Interact Club.
On 29 June 2019 Andy Wuzik in conjunction with Tony Docherty staged the Bromsgrove Bluegrass Bash in the High Street, which was supported by a number of local musicians, who played for twelve hours. The event proved very popular with local townspeople, and a street collection was held in aid of Burnaid. Burnaid exists to support child victims of burn injuries and their families, and the charity was set up by Helen King a former Honorary Member of our Club, who sadly passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. The event was supported as well by corporate sponsorship, provided by WuzikMuzik, Judd Medical, the Maekong Thai Restaurant, and Bromsgrove Printing Company.