Akemi Solloway, Chiswick Rotary member and founder of the UK-based charity Aid for Japan, was featured in the Guardian regarding the 5th Anniversary of Japan’s Tsunami.
The article describes how Japan’s unique culture can make it more difficult for survivors, especially orhpans, to recover from a crisis
“It’s a strange thing to be an orphan in Japan, not least of all because the adoption of children is very rare, so many people remain unaware that it’s even a possibility. Foster care is also
uncommon. This means that many of the children we work with are either entirely on their own or living with elderly grandparents, and are unlikely to ever find another home or family to care for them. Emotionally they are simply traumatised.”
Aid for Japan offers emotional, educational and financial support to orphans of the tsunami.
Aid for Japan are running a series of social events and host their own donations page. Now might be a good time to remember and help the cause.
This year we are pleased to host a scholar from Belgium and sponsored by Overpelt-Noord-Limburg. Birte now a legal graduate, got her first taste of Rotary when they packed her off to Colombia for a life changing experience.
She is now doing a rotary scholar and postgrad in law at Queens and and has been selected as an Internship at the House of Lords subcommittee on migration
With the help of our incoming president Ray Burnet we were able to visit the historic Middle Temple
We were very pleased to usher in Jerome Eteve as our president for the year 2015-2016. Jerome originally from France is a London based software developer with a wonderful Polish wife represents much of how international the modern Rotary clubs are.
Jerome as vice president has been actively involved in the clubs Nepal education projects as well as building closer relationships with our sister club in Provin.
Our out going president Geoff (left) handing over to Jerome (right)
Additional appointments include:
Richard Donovan – Vice President
Carlos Machado- Secretary
Alessandro Marchesini – Finance
The amazing part of Rotary is how global and how friendly our family of clubs are. A chance visitor to the our club in Chiswick led to an invite to the Rotary club of Boadilla Del Monte and Ponzuelo De Alarco. How could we not go.
As a sample here are some of the scenes and sights we had the pleasure to experience in our most recent trip.
The Rotary club also hosted a tour of beautiful and historic Madrid
We were impressed and inspired by the work to help the homeless women and children in Boliva.
We invite you to hear Varbanov and Tarli concert on 24th April. This is a four-handed piano concert by these two internationally acclaimed pianists. We are so fortunate that they have agreed to play for us just to raise funds for the Chiswick House and Gardens and the Rotary Club. A one-off opportunity, not to be missed: Please click here to download the leaflet.
As you will see, this leaflet, which was also sent with the recent Newsletter, now gives updated information on the venue and access to tickets.
For tickets, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will then send you full details and request ticket payment (£30 per head, including a glass of wine). Once I have received your payment you will be on the confirmed list.
Next month we are just as fortunate to have Serafina Steer, the world-class harpist, playing for us in Chiswick House and I will give you further details of this later this month, but for your diary it is on 13th May.
I doubt that we shall be able to produce such amazing music and musicians every year but we are so lucky to be able to this year.
Do look forward to seeing you at one, or both, of these events – which will be superb.