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Eleanor Harrison OBE

A special relationship - Welcome to Eleanor Harrison Way back in 2011 a wonderful woman came to visit us to share her story of working with street children with the organisation - Action in Conflict. Eleanor knew well how to appeal to Rotary clubs to support her work. You can read all about her visit in our blog, at the time, here.  I have followed her career with some interest and I'm sure m...
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Swindon’s Harbour Project

On  7 February Annie Vickers shared the story of the Harbour Project set up here in Swindon to provide a range of services to help refugees.  Swindon is one of four 'dispersal' towns in the South West where refugees are housed while awaiting their asylum claims to be processed. They are given just £5 a day and often share a room with others who come from a different cultures and faiths. The Har...
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The joy of playing and learning

East African Playgrounds is a remarkable charity who build playgrounds for children in rural parts of Uganda.  Our speaker this week was Daisy Shimwell  a volunteer playground builder who came to talk about this amazing project and her part in it.   Daisy has been involved with charitable works since she was nine years old.  She learned about East African Playgrounds while she was a...
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Transport on the Horizons?

We were very pleased to welcome back to the club Cliff Puffett from the Rotary Club of Swindon, who came to speak to us on the appeal to raise money for the Horizons College, which is allied to the Uplands Educational Trust. The Appeal will look to raise the money to buy a minibus and maintain it over a 5 year period. Not only will this be of huge benefit to Horizons, who currently have to rely...
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Charity Day

President Chris hosted a different club meeting this week, as Old Town Rotary hosted 18 visitors from a number of charities previously and currently supported by the club. The focus was on Swindon's Famous Duck Race, which raises in excess of £15000 every year, and Chris explained how it works and how so many local charities are able to benefit from the event, simply by selling ducks for the ra...
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