Rotary – 1120 District Conference – Leonard Cheshire School 4 All presentation

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Leonard Cheshire School 4 All.
This charity impoves the lot of the disabled children in the third world. If you think how important disability access to public buildings has become in the last few years in the UK, you might imagine the problems disabled children will have in getting to school in the third world. Couple this with generations of discrimination against those who have a disability and the result is very few will get an education. Leonard Cheshire has been working to change this.

They help fund and organise the renovation to school buildings to make access by disabled children possible. Equally important to the buildings, they work with the disabled children, the families and the wider community to enable the disabled children to be accepted into school.

This is another worthy charity but I couldn’t help feel sorry for the presenter, having to follow Help for Heroes.

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Rotary – 1120 District Conference – Help for Heroes presentation

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Help for heroes has been raising funds since last year to provide rehabilitation for soliders who are injured whilst on duty. While you might expect the MOD already provide this, they do but many people feel the MOD does not do enough. It appears the MOD agree, along with the government and royal family (link). They have raised 12 million pound in less than a year and already servicemen (and I guess servicewomen) are benefitting from better rehabilitation facitilities while recovering from injuries sustained while working on behalf of our country.

The presentation was exceptional and one of the best I have ever seen. They charity puts forward a strong brand, an easy to understand cause, emotional video’s of the people they are actively helping. Bryn Parry spoke clearly and concisely throughout and no opportunity was left for anyone in the audience to be without feeling for the cause. I personally felt I wanted to get working on a project in their name as soon as I left the hall. The charity is well organised too, with a commercial side selling merchandise that allows, if I remember correctly, 97% of the money donated to go to the cause. The commercial side now pays almost entirely for the overheads of staff and premises.

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Rotary – 1120 District Conference

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Two weekends ago I joined rotarians from all over district 1120 for the anual conference, this year in Eastbourne.

What is it, what happened and will i go again?

District Conference is a chance for everyone to get together, meet with other clubs and have a good time. Its based around a variety of presentations held in a theater. With over 1100 people it’s a sizeable operation.

I volunteered to steward and was allocated the first sessions of friday afternoon. Stewards do the job of making sure the exits are clear and making sure people go the right way in a fire. Having volunteers saves the cost of the venue providing them.

The first session was the official opening complete with bell to ring. I don’t think i’ve got any photos but I found the bell a quaint tradition.

Then the talks, i’ll write a post for each to do them justice.

The only catch now is that so much was going on and I was enjoying every second of it to the point I didn’t make very comprehensive notes. My memory of the detail is already failing so I won’t report on every speaker now, just those that are still firmly wedged in my mind after two weeks.

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