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Really interesting presentation from Skye from Severn Physiotherapy this morning at our first Speaker meeting of the new Rotary year. She gave us a comprehensive overview of physiotherapy in common conditions, services available in our community and a few tips on how to stay mobile and well in later years. Visit her website (see below) to see what services Severn Physiotherapy provide to the local community: https://www.severnphysiotherapy.co.uk
Huge thanks to Dr. Dee Wevill for making the journey from Birmingham to give us a very inspirational insight into Swaziland and the work (and challenges) of Ebenezer Clinic. Ebenezer Clinic is our international charity for this Rotary year. We have donated £450 to Ebenezer so far and agreed that this would be used to provide an autoclave. (This is used to sterilise medical equipment on site. Currently, equipment has to be sent away to sterilise.) We look forward to providing further support to Ebenezer as the year progresses.
Congratulations to Kilkenny Cats who pipped Codeword to win our charity quiz. A massive thank you to key coordinators Mike Rowland (Question Master), Raj Sudhakaran (stats man) plus Majestic Wine and the HUB Gym for donating prizes…and everyone who took part and helped make this such a great evening. Finances are still being finalised but it looks as if about £200 will has been raised for our charities (Jessie May Trust, Ebenezer Clinic in Swaziland and other Rotary Charities). We hope to see all of the competitors again next year!
Many thanks to everyone who made the Burn’s Night meal such an enjoyable event. This was our first event at the newly refurbished Poacher pub and we expect to be back. The food was excellent, served very efficiently and we received a warm welcome from the landlord, Gary. Thanks to our piper who added the traditional feel to the evening.
The Ebenezer Clinic in Swaziland and The Jesse May Trust, based in Bristol, were the recipients of cheques to the value of £900. James Packer, President of Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club, presented each charity with their cheque for £450 at a recent breakfast meeting. The funds were raised as a result of two events held in December: the ever-popular Sainsbury’s Trolley Dash and Portishead’s inaugural Santa Dash. Seen here with James Packer, are Helen Mackie from Jessie May and David Tyers representing the Ebenezer Clinic.
Seven young authors from Congyar Class at St. Mary’s C of E School in Portbury, recently completed a six -week writing project. The aim was to produce a 200-500 word piece of work as part of Rotary International’s Young Writer Competition. The title of the 2018 submission was “My Inspiration”. The Year 4 students were released from class for an hour a week and together they researched the meaning of “Inspiration”, exchanged ideas, wrote and rewrote, edited their work and made good use of a Thesaurus to produce seven very
On Sunday, December 16th, Portishead saw its very own Santa Dash, organised by Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club and ably supported by the Lions and Fit For Sport UK. Santas, large and small and four-legged too, “dashed” around the Lake Grounds to raise money for the Jessie May Trust. This charity was especially chosen as Christmas is such a magical time particularly for children. The Jessie May Trust supports families with terminally ill children, providing a hospice at home. The Santas and onlookers were treated to seasonal music from the Rock
A massive thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising event. We sold just over £1000 worth of tickets and raised very nearly £730 for our charities: Jessie May Trust, Ebenezer Rural Clinic in Swaziland and other Rotary charities. The winners were:- 1st prize: Giles Regan (who donated the prize to his wife Sarah): 3-minute Trolley Dash worth £200 2nd Prize: Sarah Hildersley: £50 Sainsbury’s voucher (donated by Sainsbury’s) 3rd Prize: Dawn Freeman: £20 cash (Dawn asked for the £20 prize to be donated to charity. Thank you!). Special thanks to