Census 2011 – Kevin Beck

With Census Day having fallen on the 27th March we were joined this evening by Kevin Beck, our Census area manager. Kevin and his team have been active for months now encouraging people to take part in the Census by explaining how the information collected makes a practical difference to peoples everyday lives by ensuring that local authorities receive their fair share of central government funding to run its public services – like leisure centres, rubbish collection and public transport.

As well as explaining to the Club how the Census information is collected and used Kevin also gave us a potted history of census.

Census Day having passed the hard work starts now for Kevin’s team as they begin to visit every household still to submit their return to give help and encouragement so as to ensure that the census information is as complete as possible. Their hard work in serving the community in this way is appreciated by all in the Club.

Compton Hospice Donation

As a result of the Club’s Christmas fund raising Tettenhall Rotary have been pleased to donate three thousand pounds towards Compton Hospice’s Capital Appeal fund.

This is an exciting but challenging time for the Hospice as they start work on a major £3.5 million refurbishment project which will see shared bedrooms and communal bathrooms replaced with single en-suite rooms for all of its in-patients. Therapy and consultation rooms will also be refurbished to enable the Hospice to offer greater privacy, dignity and choice for those in need of their services and to help move nearer to their aim of making the hospice a true home-from-home.

Compton Hospice focuses not only on patients medical and physical needs but also on their psychological, emotional and spiritual well being. The works funded by the contribution of the the Club and the thousands in Wolverhampton who regularly support its work will allow the Hospice to provide patients with the facilities and care which they so desperately need at this time.

Our grateful thanks go to all in the Wolverhampton who supported our Christmas Carol Concert and Sleigh collections and in particular to David Gregory, Manager of Sainsbury’s in Perton, and to James Martin, Dealer Principal of Stratsone Jaguar in Wolverhampton.

Village Water

We were joined this evening by Steve Evans a member of the Rotary Club of Ironbridge. Steve has long been involved with the development of Rotary’s international programme but had come to talk to the Club about the work of the Village Water charity in advance of World Water Day on the 22nd March.

Billions of people lack access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation. Village Water provides hygiene education and sustainable water for rural villages in western Zambia. The charity installs protected shallow wells with manual water pumps that allow the people to draw uncontaminated water from underground.

Diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of infant mortality in Zambia and a major contributor to malnutrition. Village Water will only install pumps in villages where the community agrees to implement measures to provide for the safe disposal of human waste, and to adopt basic hygiene practices such as hand washing with soap in order to break the cycle of disease transmission for diarrhoea, particularly amongst children under five.

To date, Village Water has succeeded in helping over 75,000 people in 326 villages, each with either a new or rehabilitated well and with around 20 pit latrines for toilets, with hand washing, refuse pits and plate and vegetable racks to keep the food off the ground – and this has had a dramatic impact upon the health of the people. All the sanitation work is undertaken by the people themselves with Village Water providing cement and other materials.

Our thanks to Steve for his work in promoting the work of this very worthwhile charity and rest assured that we shall be supporting its work over the coming year.