Rotary Peace Scholar from Guatemala

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 4th June was Gabriela Ribera who is currently a Rotary Peace Scholar studying for a Master’s Degree at Bradford University. Gabriela, who is from Guatemala, is a lawyer and is focusing her Peace Fellowship on human rights, justice, conflict resolution and corruption which is endemic in her county.

She has worked with a number of international agencies including the UN and has had success in tackling the treatment and discrimination against women.

The Great North Air Ambulance

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 21st May was Kerry Steel from the Great North Air Ambulance who gave a presentation highlighting its work and aims.

The Service covers all of Cumbria, the north east and across Yorkshire to the east coast as far south as York. As a charity, it is funded by itself with no government support and last year it raised over six million pounds to keep the helicopters in the air. 

It provides an invaluable service employing full time paramedics, doctors and consultants who over the years saved many lives.

Airplanes on Windermere

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 14th May was Ian Gee from the Lakes Flying Company Ltd., who gave a fascinating presentation entitled ‘Airplanes on Windermere. 

He detailed the life of one of Kendal’s unsung heroes, Edward Wakefield who was a true pioneer in the field of hydro-airplanes. Edward, a one-time Mayor of Kendal, helped in the development of airplanes which could take off and land on water when, at that time, people thought it was impossible. 

Currently a replica of Wakefield’s first plane ,’Waterbird’, is being built and has successfully taken off and flown  from land with a water take off coming soon.