Rotary makes mark in war zone

HELPING HAND: Rotarian Emma Clark and President Ian Ord signing cheques. Photo contributed.
HELPING HAND: Rotarian Emma Clark and President Ian Ord signing cheques. Photo contributed.

Charities and deserving groups from the foothills of the Himalayas to war-torn Afghanistan have benefited from the efforts of Rotarians in the Hope Valley.

Projects to support youngsters battling cancer, the homeless in Sheffield, mountain rescue volunteers and initiatives to help local students and provide care services in the Valley have also been backed.

Last year the club handed out over £13,000 to 15 different charities, and members are planning to donate another £10,000 before July 2012.

“We are not the largest Rotary club in this part of the world but we do believe in trying to make a difference by living up to Rotary’s principal aim – to put service before self,” said Club President Ian Ord.

“However deserving the causes, it would be wrong to think that Rotary life is all about raising money. We have also enjoyed a very successful social programme with our families, friends and like-minded people over a wide area.”

Membership of the Hope Valley Club is growing but there are still opportunities to join. Members meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Grouse Inn, Longshaw.

For more information call Ian Ord on 01433 621 431, 077 994 265 45, or visit www.rotary1220.org/hop/