The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 19th November was Matthew Beaumont from Cumbria County Council, who gave a presentation about his function as ‘Reablement Team Manager’. 

This service is part of Social Services and is based at Bridge Mills in Kendal and caters for anyone over the age of 18. 

Referrals or hospital discharges are assessed by a team of qualified professionals for on average about three weeks and the aim is to make them as independent as possible and if necessary refer them to other bodies.

Mary's Meals and Primary Schools in Malawi

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 5th November was Past President Duncan Hamlett from Lunesdale Rotary Club.  For many years he has been involved with the charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’ and has been organising fundraising featuring a request for a Global Grant from Rotary. 

This has been a long drawn out process which has now finally come to fruition.  The project , working with a local Rotary Club in Malawi, was to build a number of pre-schools in the south of the country.  There are now 15 brand new centres catering for 3000 children, many HIV positive, who are provided with two meals a day.

The project is still ongoing and the aim is continue fundraising and to fully equip the centres.

District Governor's Visit

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 22nd October was Mary Bradley, the Rotary District Governor for the North West who came to talk to the club about their achievements in the previous year and highlighted the aims and challenges for the year ahead.

The push to complete Polio Eradication will continue now that we are so close to finishing the project.

Mary’s own project is to support the ‘ShelterBox’ charity and a cheque was given to her to purchase one immediately.