Martha Trust Presentation

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In the Rotary year 2012-2013 the Presidents of the four local Rotary Clubs Peter Rothschild of Deal RC, John Gisbey of Sandwich RC, Neil Beverton of Dover RC and Peter Sherred of South Foreland RC committed themselves to bringing their clubs together for certain events during a Rotary year for the benefit of service to their local communities.

Out of such commitment emerged an annual St George’s Day dinner to raise funds for worthy causes as well as the annual Boccia Tournament for the disabled held in Sandwich, among other shared events. The fruits of this year’s St George’s Day event were evident at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Sandwich this week when representatives of all four clubs were present to witness a cheque for £825, representing fifty per cent of the sum raised at the dinner, handed to Robert Sparkes a Trustee of the Martha Trust by Tony Alexander this year’s Sandwich Club’s President.

Mr Sparkes, in acknowledging the gift, thanked all Rotarians for their support of this charity which cares for people of all ages with profound disabilities and said that while basic care arrangements had an income stream from public funds the charity was reliant on charitable donations for enhancing the care provision for the residents of Martha Trust houses which provide round the clock care with state of the art facilities. Martha Trust has one house in Hacklinge near Deal and one in Hastings East Sussex.

Past District Governor John Dunkley provided Rotarians with an up to date report on the End Polio Now campaign that has been ongoing for over 30 years and indicated that a Polio Free World was in sight and attainable needing just a little further commitment from Rotary and its other partners involved in the campaign. The End Polio Now Campaign was the other beneficiary of the St George’s Day fund raising dinner.