The Khiraule Project - Update

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 4th March was Philip Hoyle, one of our own members. He gave an update on the clubs ongoing project to help Kiraule, a remote village in Nepal and how the recent two earthquakes has affected them. 

It takes four days hard trekking just to reach it and everything has to carried either by mules or carried in by themselves. Originally the club funded the village with £30,000 to help build and equip a new school which is now up and running.  The earthquakes resulted in many houses being destroyed and they are now gradually being re-built and there are plans to build a community centre for which £20,000 is needed. 

The club has already put aside £10,000 towards the fund with more to come.

A Short Story

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 25th February were Judith Shingler and Alison Peake of the Ambleside Oral History Group who gave an illustrated presentation entitled  ‘A Short Story’ which was the story of Short Brothers factory for the building and maintenance of Sunderland Flying Boats at White Cross Bay on Windermere during WW2, which included spoken tales and anecdotes from the village built for the workers and their families.

Their presentation featured many photographs of the Sunderland Flying boat including one film of the only plane to land on a grass airfield because the hull had been damaged. The captain and all the crew survived uninjured, a remarkable feat of flying skill.

A Rotary Friendship Exchange

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 11th February was Past President Richard Bird, one of our own members.

Last year Richard, along with other Rotarians from Cumbria, took part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange to America and he gave an illustrated presentation describing their time there.

He was hosted by three American Rotarians from in and around the city of Rochester in New York State over a 12 day trip.  They had many trips around the area as well as attending some of the host Rotary Clubs.  Later this year it is planned to reciprocate with that a return visit to Cumbria of the Americans.