Rotary Club of Dover
8th February 2012
I would to invite you to a very special Rotary Club of Dover event. We are going to celebrate the wonderful ability of Rotarians worldwide to work together to achieve incredible things.
On the evening of 15th March we will be holding –
“An Evening to Celebrate the completion of our International Turkish Music Project.”
This Turkish Music Project was our International Project in 2010/11. Together with our partners in the Rotary Club of Guney, Adana, Turkey, Rotary Club of South Foreland and a Foundation Grant from District 1120, the Rotary Club of Dover raised over $15,000 for this project. Here is the background to this project.
Identifying a Community Need:
The city of Adana in eastern Turkey is a major agricultural and commercial centre on the Seyhan river 30 km from the Mediterranean sea, it has a population of about 1.5 million, Turkey’s fifth largest city. It has a mixed community with areas of good commercial activity and areas of low income with inner city problems.
The neighbourhood administration cannot provide social services nor funding to increase the involvement of the residents in local issues. There is strong identity in low income areas with their neighbourhood.
The Sevgi Evleri Children’s Home in Adana, Eastern Turkey cares for orphaned children, aged 0 to 18, some abandoned by their parents, some neglected, which results in these children being reduced to begging, and exposed to alcohol abuse and drugs. The result is these vulnerable children have low self-esteem, lack confidence and they lack a sense of community and understanding of working within it. Some are mentally retarded and have some learning and speech disorders. These children need more individual care and support, and more opportunities to express themselves.
Tbe Rotary Clubs involved in this project decided to support a project to provide a music centre for this Orphanage as music education can develop children cognitively, emotionally, and psychologically; it nourishes their hearts, and enriches their imagination and creativity. Training particularly with others will contribute to social skills and team play and consequently their own security, and sense of community. Music will assist and provide positive effects. When music starts at an early age it contributes to the development and shaping of individuals in a more social and sensitive way. Most human beings respond to music in a beneficial way but this talent needs to be uncovered and enhanced.
The Rotary Clubs organised a specialised room in the Orphanage, decorated and complete with storage, furniture and teaching aids. The Clubs purchased instruments and the Turkish Club has arranged with the Cukurova University for music teaching to be undertaken.
We are all delighted that there will be an opening ceremony in the Orphanage on 15th February 2012. The President of Rotary Club of Dover is going to Turkey to attend this ceremony, together with the widow of our Lead Rotarian for this project, who sadly died suddenly in December, just days before we heard of the completion of this project.
Please join us on 15th March – it will be an evening to remember. As well as a ‘themed’ 3 course meal, we will have a Presentation of the Project – including pictures of the Opening Ceremony – we will hold an auction of Turkish artefacts (money raised going to our next International Project), and will finish with a performance from a stunningly talented former Rotary Young Musician contestant.
I attach a poster with all the fine details – please come – and bring other Rotarians and friends. Let’s make this a real celebration of Rotary achievements.
Yours in Rotary,
President, Rotary Club of Dover
For tickets please contact: Gloria Barnett Tel: 01304 825151