The Rotary Club of Odiham & Hook - Race Night, North Warnborough Village Hall 27/05

by otmg on Thursday 6th April

Every year the Odiham and Hook Rotary Club raises money, with your help, to support both local and international charities. During 2005 we made donations to nine local organisations as well as providing a motorised Rickshaw for an orphanage in India and chickens and cattle to begin a self-help program at a technical college in Bangladesh.

This year our main focus of attention internationally is to help provide an HIV/Aids Care Centre to support some of the poorest and least accessible rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal. Working with fellow Rotarians in Scottburgh, the project is located in the area of Dududu some 30 miles west of Durban, South Africa. Our aim is to help equip a new centre, which will provide local communities with the means for enjoying a healthy lifestyle particularly through community gardens, soup kitchen, and home based care. There will be clinical testing facilities and a programme to educate and respond to the physical, social and psychological impacts of the infection.

During October last year members of the club visited the area and know only too well the desperate plight of very large numbers of orphans in need of care and support as a result of HIV/AIDS. A further aim of the centre will therefore be to identify and support these children by providing pre school care and then to supply books, uniforms and free education when they begin to go back to school.

To begin our fund raising for this and other locally based Rotary charities we are organising a ‘RACE NIGHT’ at North Warnborough Village Hall on Saturday 27th May, full details of the evening are in the forthcoming events calendar on this website, and are also advertised in the latest edition of the Odiham Society Journal. Please come along and join us for an enjoyable evening whilst at the same time knowing that your contribution will make a very real difference to those who urgently need our help and support. Tickets can be purchased from those named in the events section and Odiham Society advert or alternatively telephone John Hughes on 01256 764804.

Article reproduced with kind permission from the Odiham Society Journal Spring 2006.