Charity Auction at 1818 Auctioneers

On 18th June, Instead of the normal meeting, we recently had a visit to 1818 Auctioneers where we were given a guided tour followed a chance to sit in one of their auctions. 

Rotarians had kindly donated objects to be sold, with the proceeds to go to at least two Rotary charities. 1818 had very generously agreed not to charge any commission on those items and the magnificent sum of over £1100 was raised. This was followed by lunch at the Crooklands Hotel.

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.