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As part of the event to celebrate the visit of the Olympic flame to Bexhill on 17th July, the students of St. Mary’s Wrestwood Trust College held there very own torch relay around the grounds of the school and college in Wrestwood Road.

As part of these celebrations, Mike Barton, President of Bexhill Rotary Club, presented a cheque for £1,000 to the Head of College, Craig Ribbons, and the students who were selected to carry their own torch in the relay.  The donation will be used to help fund the cost of taking every student at St. Mary’s on a very special outing to visit the Olympic stadium in London on 6th September where they will enjoy a day at the Paralympics.

St. Mary’s is a non-maintained school and college founded in 1922 and cares for up to 144 students from 7 to 19, sharing with their parents the responsibility of preparing them to become as independent as possible and ready to realise their full potential.  St. Mary’s provides therapy, nursing, care, and education for the children in their care (a recent Inspection Report stated, “St. Mary’s gives pupils an outstanding education”) but receives no grants or donations from Local Government and only minimal funding from Central Government.

Bexhill Rotary President Mike Barton was full of admiration for the staff and the students at St. Mary’s and added, “I feel very humble and motivated as a result of my visit here today and I’m pleased that Bexhill Rotary Club can provide these funds for a once in a lifetime trip to see the Paralympics”.

Picture shows President Mike Barton (left) presenting the cheque to

Craig Ribbens of St. Mary’s surrounded by the students who took part in the torch relay


Growing Body Parts Available for Medway Patients

Chatham, 12 July 2012- “Growing body parts” is now a reality, and is available to patients in Medway. This is what Prof Anan Shetty; a consultant orthopaedic and knee surgeon, head of The Kent Knee Unit at the Spire Alexandra Hospital, confirmed.

In a presentation at the Holiday Inn to members and friends of the Rotary Club of Chatham, Prof Shetty talked about his “spiritual journey”.  Travelling to the UK from India for studying medicine, encountering many hardships helped him develop his character and understand the sublime nature of the medical profession and the importance of medical research in improving the standard of life and reducing human suffering and pain. “I firmly believe that any patient who comes to me seeking my expertise in care and treatment should not be deprived”, said Professor Shetty explaining his vision.

Through his research on the “Regeneration of Organs in the Animal Kingdom”, conducting studies to understand how certain reptiles can regenerate parts of their body, he discovered a revolutionary method that will help thousands of patients save their limbs from amputation. The procedure is done by extracting stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow, mixing it with a gel invented by Professor Peter Kim, which works as a cementing element, and then injecting the mixture into the broken or injured area. This technique which won the Independent Health Care Awards 2011, is known as the Shetty-Kim technique. The healing process through this technique is twice faster than normal.  Stem cell surgery is now available in a large number of applications including ear, nose and other body parts’ regeneration. “The Future of Regenerative Medicine lies in the Petri dish”, explained Prof Shetty.

Professor Shetty did his specialist training at Kings’ College, London as a senior fellow under Mr Graeme Groom, the renowned limb reconstruction surgeon and subsequently completed his knee surgery fellowship at Orthopaedic Research Institute (ORI), San Francisco, USA under the world famous knee surgeon Dr Tom Coon, who developed the minimally invasive (MIS) knee surgery.

Prof Shetty is an esteemed member of the Rotary Club of Chatham which he joins on Wednesdays at the Holiday Inn in Rochester.

Bromley Rotarians on the roof of London

Bromley Rotary Club Presidents Iain Cowie (2011) and John Taylor (2012) visited the new home of the London Air Ambulance Charity to present a cheque for £2,500 recently.  The helipad is on the roof of the newly rebuilt Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel  Eighteen floors up, the view of the city is amazing and they had to hold the cheque very tightly as it can be quite breezy.  Iain is presenting the cheque to the doctor while the pilot stands in the middle and two paramedics on the left.

The funds were part of the proceeds from the annual Christmas sleigh collection so if you donated then your money is going to a fine cause.  Other donations were made to fund the child-friendly artwork in the new Children’s A&E department in the PRU Hospital, taking disadvantaged children for a day out to Chessington and numerous other deserving local causes.

In addition Rotary International has almost conquered Polio world-wide, having raised hundreds of millions towards this cause. The club has also funded a bore-hole In Africa to bring water to a village thus saving the residents a 5 mile round trip, just to get their daily water.

If you would like to know how you can help such worthwhile causes and enjoy the fellowship of the Club while doing it, please visit our website www.bromleyrotaryclub.org.uk or call Iain on 01959 573678 and he will be pleased to help.

Rotary Club of Strood at Dickens Festival June 2012

The Rotary Club of Strood was fund raising in-style at the Rochester Dickens Festival 2012. A smart stand, brand new signage/flag and a warmwelcome from the members were sure to attract visitors to buy from a wide variety of books that were offered for sale at the stand.

Sussex Rotary Clubs welcome President and District Governor at ‘Showcase’

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‘Showcase’ is the name of the Rotary Awareness event held in the Arndale Centre Eastbourne on Saturday 25th February and Wednesday 29th February. On Wednesday, the display and Presidents of all the clubs represented were visited by the U.K. Rotary President Ray Burman, and District 1120 Governor Lynn Mitchell.

The Showcase event was an opportunity for the twelve Rotary clubs in the area to show what achievements they had made in the last year, and to continue the ‘#End Polio Now’ campaign which has raised over 200 million dollars worldwide in the last four years.

The twelve clubs from Hastings to Eastbourne, and including Battle, Heathfield and Hailsham have over 350 members and are involved in both local and overseas fund-raising and charitable projects, which were clearly illustrated.

Also on show was a ‘Shelterbox’ tent and equipment.  This is a British Rotary initiative to supply accommodation for disaster victims, which is strongly supported by clubs in the Sussex area.

During the two days, members of the public talked to Rotarians about their voluntary work, and contributed to the fund raising appeal.

(Presidents in the line-up were:  Lloyd Hammer, Battle; Michael Garner, Beachy Head; Simon Dodds, Eastbourne; Hilary Lewis, Eastbourne a.m.; John Cheeseman, Eastbourne Sovereign;  David Ashdown, Hailsham; Brion Purdey, Hastings; Trevor Goldsmith, Heathfield; Tony Leslie, St. Leonards; Robin Poll, Senlac; Peter Thomas, Sovereign Harbour, Liz Wilton, Area Governor)

FH – 2.3.12

The Rotary Clubs of Medway participate in Remembrance Sunday


The Rotary Clubs of Medway participted in Remembrance Sunday on 13 November 2011. The service took place at Rochester Cathedral. The laying of wreaths took place at the War Memorial near Rochester Cathedral overlooking the high street.

Presidents of Rotary Club of Chatham, Rotary Club of Rochester and Rotary Club of Strood are filmed laying the wreaths on behalf of their Rotary Clubs.

World Polio Day 24th October #rotaryendpolio

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

The $200 Million Challengelucknow_nov_2009

After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating Polio, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge is the Rotary Foundation’s response to the two grants totaling $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus will be counted toward the $200 million match, which must be completed by 30 June 2012.

The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

Your contribution will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million.

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Mark your diary: Walk for a Healthy Medway on October 9th 2011

Rotary Club of Chatham Calls for Participation in its Charity Walk

The Rotary Club of Chatham is inviting the Medway Community to participate in its “Walk for a Healthy Medway” on October 9th 2011. Schools, communities, associations, charity groups and clubs are invited to participate in this philanthropic event. All proceeds will go to charity projects.