DG’s Blog 10 February 2020

Volunteer Expo 1-3 May NEC Birmingham.

Volunteer Expo is the new, national event to harness the power of volunteering. Kicking off in May 2020, Volunteer Expo will connect, educate and inspire volunteers, organisations and charities to change lives and take action in their communities. For visitors who are keen to volunteer, or already do so, there will be the opportunity to network with peers, develop your personal skills and turn your passion for change into action. Watch the 2 minute video at https://www.volunteerexpo.co.uk/about/
Entry to the three-day Volunteer Expo is completely free and tickets are available now.
The first draft programme in now online see https://www.volunteerexpo.co.uk/programme/


Skittles Marathon.

Yeovil are running a skittles marathon on 15 May in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. See more details at https://circa1200.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/skittles-marathon-in-aid-of-childrens-hospice-south-west/

Rotary Peace Scholarships.

The 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available, and your help is needed in finding the next cohort of global peace and development leaders. See the request for applications at http://msgfocus.rotary.org/c/11mMOmsrfZUaOQBdg25uHsuXJO83

Mercy Ships.

Photo: Mercy Ships; Aerial photos of the Africa Mercy sailing into Tenerife in July 2013

The Mercy Ships $1 million Global Grant target has been reached. Mary Whitehead, DG 1260 has written “I am thrilled to be able to let you know that the Mercy Ships $1 million Global Grant target has been reached! The Inspiration in 2018-19 and Connections made across the world in 2019-20 have led to the opening of Opportunities for the new ship and those who will receive treatment in 2020-21 and beyond. Our thanks to every District, Club and individual who made this possible.”


This last week I enjoyed visits to Wellington and Brue Valley, two very different clubs. Wellington was chartered in 1954 and Brue Valley in 2010 both performing valuable work for their communities. Wellington has a live ferret racing event coming up and Brue Valley will be celebrating 10 years of service on 28 November.

Best wishes

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