Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club
Newman School Sensory Room
Despite all the issues presented by current restrictions, new sensory equipment has been installed at Newman School. The equipment should stimulate multi-sensory communication and contribute to an improved quality of life for children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs. The equipment was purchased with the support of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, a Rotary District 1220 Foundation Grant plus Friends of Newman School.
Personal Protective Equipment and Wortley Rotary
The club were approached recently by Wortley Rotary, offering to supply visors and masks to Rotherham food banks. Long standing Wortley Rotarian Lewis Atkinson has negotiated the supply of over 10,000 items of PPE to those in need throughout South Yorkshire. Through Wortley’s generosity and the support of VAR (Voluntary Action Rotherham), Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club have been able to supply 90 visors and 170 masks for circulation to food banks in Rotherham. This is another example of ‘Service Above Self’ and the cooperation between Rotarians from different clubs.
World Polio Day and ‘Purple for Polio’
Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club was one of thousands of Rotary clubs across the world taking action on World Polio Day on 24th October to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio.
This vaccine-preventable disease still threatens children in parts of the world today. If polio is not eradicated, it is estimated that, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 children annually all over the world could succumb to polio.
In Rotherham, the Town Hall will be illuminated in purple from Thursday 22nd to Wednesday 28th October to show how Rotherham Council is proud to show support to the Rotary movement and the End Polio campaign.
Many polio-related activities will be using the colour purple, which has become a symbolic colour in the fight against polio, inspired by the colour of the dye painted on the little finger of a child to signify they have received a potentially life-saving polio vaccine. Globally, more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against the disease, which has reduced the number of cases by 99.9% from around 1,000 cases per day in 125 countries. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts and thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation every £1.00 raise is matched two-to-one so is worth £3.00.
In August, Rotary and the world celebrated a significant milestone, as the World Health Organization certified the Africa region, which includes 47 countries, free from wild polio. This leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two remaining polio endemic countries in the world. But despite this momentous progress, more challenging work lies ahead to eradicate the disease for good.
Chris Croker, Chair of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club’s Foundation and International Committee commented: “We’re proud to be marking World Polio Day locally and recognising the work of Rotary and our partners and the millions of people involved in so many ways in the international fight for a polio free world. Only together can we end polio, a virus that is still potentially just a plane ride away.
“We have seen how we need to work together when dealing with COVID-19 and we can all play our part. The members of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary remain committed to working with our communities and our partners to eliminate this potentially deadly virus and make Rotary’s dream of a polio free world a reality.”
Rotary has directly contributed more than US$2.1 billion to ending polio since 1985. During the last four years Rotherham Sitwell Rotary has contributed the equivalent of US$8,280. To get involved in Rotary and make a difference in your community and around the world, visit www.rotarygbi.org/join.
The club gave a warm welcome to District Governor Dr Jill Bethell at the end of September. She joined them via Zoom and congratulated the Club on their work for Rotherham Foodbank during the COVID-19 crisis.
Forthcoming speaker meetings are:
- 29th October: Angela Wood, Chief Nurse, Rotherham Foundation Trust
- 19th November: Audiology and Hearing Awareness
Find out more at www.sitwellrotary.org.uk.