Our next DG, Richard Vergette, from Isle of Axholme Rotary, is currently preparing to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. May 14th is the day! He intends to complete his journey on May 27th. Richard is raising money in aid of End Polio Now – part of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks to the work of the Rotary Foundation together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Polio has been eliminated in all but two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Many of you know that Richard’s father was a Polio survivor from the pandemic of 1947 and he will be cycling in his honour.
Contribute to Richard’s epic ride by supporting his cause easily online with Just Giving.
Abbeydale Rotary and Inner Wheel are entering a May Day virtual balloon race to raise funds for Aquabox, Whirlow Farm Trust and Sheffield Young Carers. It is a virtual race run by ecoracing using computer algorithms to determine the balloons positions.
Our race launches at midday on 1st May 2023 from Chicago and lasts 7 days.
Balloons can be purchased for £3 and you can buy as many as you like. You can customise your balloon’s shape, colour andhelium content and then track your customised balloons throughout the 7 day race as it moves subject to real life weather conditions.
The race is open to other organisations as well as Abbeydale Rotary.( ecoracing provide prizes to the overall winners:
1st Prize – £100 Cash
2nd Prize – Amazon Alexa/echo Dot 4th Generation)
Additionally we will also be providing prizes and vouchers for the 3 winning balloons purchased in support of our Abbeydale causes. For example Whirlow Farm will provide a Whirlow hamper for the competition.
You can also purchase a balloon as a gift for friends and family. So here is what we want you to do. Go to Ecoracing – Virtual Balloon Race for Charity & Fundraising
Buy balloons through our page on the link(only £3 each). https://ecoracing.co/cause/rotary-club-of-abbeydale-trust-fund2419/
Decorate your balloon and choose what helium content and thickness may get your balloon to travel the furthest. This can be modified before the race.
Watch the race start on 1st May at Midday.
Login to track your balloons on their journey and see if any are in a winning position as many times as you want over the 7 days
Our fundraising target is £1500 to be divided by the 3 charities we are supporting.
Doncaster student wins Great Green Read writing competition
Doncaster winners announced in local environment-themed writing competition as part of the city’s Great Green Read.
Last autumn, children, families and schools across Doncaster were called on to read, write and take action around important environmental issues during the Great Green Read.
Over 400 people entered the competition, capturing their ideas on how to improve the world we live in via letters, essays, leaflets and posters. They were judged by Doncaster Stories, the local campaign from the National Literacy Trust, and members of the Rotary Club.
The overall winner was 10 year old Selena Simelevic, from Saltersgate Junior School. She has won £750 towards developing her school’s outdoor Eco Zone, along with a large bundle of books for her to keep.
Selena wrote a persuasive essay about the balance between humans and nature, and the importance of living in harmony with the world around us. Her entry asked important questions such as: How can we protect the environment in our daily life? What happens if we don’t protect the environment?
Running from September to December, the Great Green Read, explored eco-projects, creative writing challenges and author events including with award-winning sisters Amy and Ella Meek who founded the charity Kids Against Plastic and authored the book Be Climate Clever. Participants learned how to write persuasively about the environment and how to use their literacy skills to become change-makers in the local community.
Phil Sheppard, Doncaster Stories Hub Manager, said, “We hope that by taking part in the Great Green Read our local young people have learned how they can use their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to persuade others and change the world around them. There were so many inspiring entries and it’s clear to see that Doncaster is full of young people who want to make a difference.”
Phillip Wilbourn, Rotary District Environmental Lead, said, “This inspirational project has yielded a valuable insight into how young people at an early age are already worried about the world in which we live. Society would do well to listen to their concerns. Selena’s entry had a message for all of us: In the next few decades, we need to do something unprecedented to achieve a sustainable existence on earth. But how do we do it?”
The Great Green Read runners up were:
Daisy Parkin, from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, who designed an A3 newsletter featuring important facts about the population, plastics, and how we pollute the planet
Ethan Jackson, from Bentley High Street Primary School, who wrote a letter to Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North and Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero.
Sofia Barker, from Tickhill Estfeld Primary School, who asked in a letter to all major supermarkets, to reduce the amount of items in plastic packaging they sell
Jacob Hughes, from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School wrote a persuasive letter from “Bluey” in the style of “The Day the Crayons Quit”
On Monday 20 March, Doncaster Stories and the Rotary Club of Doncaster St Leger will be presenting Selena and the rest of the runners up for the Great Green Read with their certificates at a special ceremony hosted at the Mansion House.
Doncaster Stories is a local campaign led by the National Literacy Trust, to help improve literacy levels across Doncaster. The campaign works with community organisations to promote reading for enjoyment amongst local children and young adults.
Chesterfield based artist, Anastasia Paskova, has been heartbroken by what has been happening in Ukraine since the Russian invasion, and the plight of refugees who have had to leave their homes.
Anastasia moved to England 10 years ago from Estonia. She is part Ukrainian through her parents. She told us that, as she listened to the news, she felt that she wanted to do something to help but didn’t know what. The young artist did, however, start working on a painting which expressed her hopes and feelings.
That piece of work has now been completed and Anastasia will now be auctioning the painting to raise funds for Ukrainian relief. Anastasia said to us: “We live in a small flat with our 4 year old daughter, and I could not think what I could possibly do to help. Then I thought that, by selling one of my paintings I could perhaps do something at least. I would love to feel that we had been able to do just something that would benefit those poor people.”
Anastasia wanted to ensure that any money raised would find its way directly to where it was needed so her business coach, Paul Davies, who is a member of Chesterfield Rotary, suggested that she send the money via the Rotary organisation which has local members working on the ground in the countries neighbouring Ukraine. Paul explained “Rotary is an international organisation with members and clubs in most countries around the world. Our members in eastern Europe are working directly with refugees and we know that every penny raised will find its way to where it is needed.
The painting titled “Praying for Peace” is a 40cm x 40cm acrylic on canvas painting, and it will be auctioned via the website Galabid over the coming weeks: www.galabid.com/rotaryukraine .
There will also be 10 limited edition and numbered prints available for sale with all proceeds going to Ukrainian relief.
Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, is supporting Anastasia’s efforts. He said “Like everyone I have been moved by the terrible events in Ukraine. It is wonderful to see people like Anastasia doing something practical to provide help to those people in such desperate need.”
Almost 300 people are now regularly taking part in the Mansfield Rotary Club Just Bin It litter-picking campaign to clean-up the town and surrounding area.
Rotarians are providing litter-pick tools free to anyone who will pick up litter around their neighbourhood, roadsides, pavements, parks and schools.
The campaign has been running since September and is gaining support from young and old.
Two regular supporters of the project, Debbie Williamson and Ann-Marie Cordon, joined together recently to clean up in Clipstone. They collected four full bin bags from Sixth and Seventh Avenues as well as the short sections of Mansfield Road and Forest Road.
Debbie also cleared rubbish at a park near her home and on Clipstone Drive, Forest Town.
Ann-Marie Cordon has also reported encouraging feedback from residents.
She said: “I was tiying up near Ruby Newsagents (Clipstone) and the lady who owns the shop kindly donated 30 black bin bags for me to use — and said when I run out I only have to ask and she will give me more.
“It’s so nice to know that people appreciate what we are doing.”
Mansfield Rotary is committed to providing a litter-picking tool to anyone who wants to play their part in keeping their neighbourhood clean.
Those interested are asked to register on Mansfield Rotary’s website — https://mansfieldrotary.co.uk/mansfields-big-clean — or call 01623 706540 and leave a message.
Kate Allsop, president of Mansfield Rotary Club, added: “We are still appealing for residents in the Mansfield area to come forward and litter pick in the vicinity of their own homes or whilst they might be out exercising or walking their dog.
“Let’s all make a positive difference to our town in these difficult times.”
Using the wonders of Zoom technology, members of the Wirksworth Rotary Club enjoyed an excellent evening of joint fellowship with the Rotary Club of Valreas Nyons in France on Thursday 25th March. During the meeting, we heard presentations on the activities of our respective clubs. It was interesting to learn that our two clubs shared many common projects, for example we have both been supporting our local foodbanks during the Covid pandemic.
We were joined by Roz Adamson, Aquabox Trustee and Bakewell Rotarian, who gave a very informative talk about Aquabox, which generated much interest from the members of the French club.
Their President, Sarah Cook, is a former colleague of Wirksworth Rotarian Roger Cassidy from their time as members of Marlow Thames RC, hence the connection. Having spent 5 years living in France, Sarah is bilingual and was able to translate between French and English for everyone. She is also an Aquabox Ambassador in her adopted country.
The president-elect of Mansfield Rotary Club and famous television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford led the praise for 11 inspirational children and young people at the annual Mansfield Rotary Club Courage Awards.
The event, now in its 30th year, was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic and a total of 75 people logged on to Zoom to celebrate with the 11 brave young people.
Karen Johnson, president-elect of the Rotary Club, said: “We hope everyone enjoyed the event, despite the changed circumstances, and that they were impressed with these young people and were moved by their stories. We doubt there was a dry eye on screen.
“It is a privilege for Mansfield Rotary Club to present the Courage Awards, which reflect our own motto of Service Above Self.”
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, well known for fronting This Morning, recorded a special message for the event.
They said: “We would like to pay our tribute to the 11 young people who are being honoured.
“You are an inspiration to all of us in these very difficult times and, despite the covid pandemic, we are sure that the parents and carers of the nominees are delighted that these awards are going ahead — albeit in a virtual format.
“So well done. And congratulations to everyone involved.”
The 11 young people were: LeoniBragg and Abigail Cross, of Meden School, Warsop; OwenBrown and RachelTweedie, of Portland College; AdamHooley, of Reach Learning Disability; CoreyRoot, of A Place To Call Our Own; AnnabellePye, of West Nottinghamshire College; JamesSlaney, of R.E.A.L. Education; DaisyMarie–Stanley, of The Beech Academy, Mansfield; ConnorSummerell, of Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield; and JoshuaStead, of The Joseph Whitaker School, Rainworth.