Aquaboxes

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 30th April were Past District Governor Roger Mason and his wife Mary, who gave us an update and detailed description and work of their chosen charity, ‘Aquabox’.

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 110,000 boxes to countries suffering from natural and man-made disasters, helping hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries.

As well as a water-filtration unit, each Aquabox contains a variety of humanitarian aid items, including cooking utensils, hygiene equipment, tools, shelter materials, baby and children's clothing and educational items.

Aquabox is almost entirely a volunteer-led organisation, with one part-time paid administrator, so the proportion of total donations contributing directly to aid boxes is amongst the highest achievable.

QEStudio - A Fresh Approach to Learning

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 26th march was Alison Wilkinson, the Principle of ‘QEStudio’, a free school, and a new addition to Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale. 

She explained the ethos behind the Studio – ‘A Fresh Approach to Learning’ - and how it works as a whole within the existing school.. Its emphasis is vocational technical learning with local professional partners and has up to 300 pupils from age 14 to 19.

It is one of only 35 Studio schools in the country and has links with Kendal College and many local businesses.

My Job - Martin French

Martin FrenchThe speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th March was Martin French, one of our newest members, who gave his ‘My Job’ talk.

He outlined his career in the hospitality industry by detailing his time working in, and finally being a General Manager in many hotels both abroad and in the UK.

Now retired to the South Lakes area he devotes his time to many voluntary organisations; Age UK,  Walking Rugby for the over 50s, and others. He is Clerk to Crosthwaite Parish Council as well as Clerk to the Helsington Land Trust.

How did he find time to work?