Water Aid

Meeting on Monday 18 November 2012

Our speaker was Geoff Roberts, from WaterAid.

Practising good hygiene

Practising good hygiene

WaterAid is a charity that was set up in the late 80s after privatisation of the water industry in the UK. It helps provide safe water and sanitation in the poorest countries across the world, by assisting communities to build latrines, promote good hygiene practices and safe water projects. It has had support from Rotary for many years. Geoff, who had 26 years experience with the Yorkshire Water Board before joining Water Aid, is passionate about the mission, and gave us some shocking figures illustrating the extent of the problem. Globally, one person in three does not have access to safe sanitation, and one in eight lacks safe water. 700,000 children die each year from diarrhoea. Simple low tech, easily maintained solutions transform lives. Hard to think of a project more deserving of support. Richard Wharton gave the vote of thanks.

We at the Rotary Club of Roundhay are doing our bit. It was reported that our Bollywood evening has raised £1,474.85 for the water projects in India we are currently supporting.

In my last bulletin I reported that our newest member, Jean Clennell, had raised over £500 for the Rotary polio campaign through a Wear Your Own Clothes Day at Roundhay School. We heard that the precise figure on the cheque we received was £597.98. Many thanks to Jean and the pupils at Roundhay.

The Quiz Night is going ahead on Saturday 23 November, and next week’s meeting is Business and Forum.

We were reminded of Rotary Carols on Friday 6 December, in aid of Leeds Foodbanks. ‘Bring a tin to get in’.

I also issued a reminder that those wishing to attend next year’s District Conference at Scarborough on the weekend of 17-19 October must let me know, and pay a £25 per person deposit, by Christmas, or we won’t be able to hold the eight rooms we’ve reserved at the Palm Court Hotel. The deposit is refundable on cancellation up to 31 March 2014.

Finally Derek won my raffle prize of a cd of our Desert Island Discs evening. If anyone would like a copy, I’d be happy to provide them for a nominal donation to Rotary funds.