Hon Rotarian, Bishop Trevor Willmott
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The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, the Bishop of Dover, back home after an official visit to the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, joined fellow members of Dover Rotary Club of which he is an honorary member.
Canterbury diocese is linked with this fourth largest island in the world and local church members, for the last 40 years, have helped those in need in this republic of high deprivation.
Trevor took with him the resources to finance another teacher in a 390-teenager education centre named after him, the Bishop Trevor High School.
He revealed that such is the deprivation on huge island of Madagascar that the average age of death is 37.
Speaking of the cynicism so widespread in the world today, with media full of bad news, Trevor said Rotary should try to get more publicity about the good initiatives it carries out in the world. Members of the Rotary movement were “agents” of good news, he said.
“It’s unfortunate that those who speak loudest get heard while the quiet are often not heard.”
He cited as an example the widespread news about the storms in the Americas while few heard of the two cyclones that had just ripped through Madagascar.