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Feed the Children

Most of us know that HIV/AIDS is prevalent in Africa. What many of us do not realise is that the country with the largest number of HIV infections is South Africa. There are a staggering five and a half million people who are HIV positive out of a total population of 48 million. KwaZulu-Natal is the Province most affected. In a clinic in KwaZulu-Natal 39% of pregnant women tested positive for HIV. With all these cases of HIV and AIDS it is not surprising that we are talking today about AIDS Orphans where one or both parents have died of an AIDS related disease. It is estimated that worldwide 15 million children have been orphaned because of AIDS. It is perhaps not surprising that with the highest number of people with HIV/AIDS South Africa also has the highest number of Orphans, a staggering 1.4 million. But what does this mean for the average Rotary Club in South Africa. It means an unbelievable figure of 7800 orphans per club. Imagine if your club had this number of orphans on your doorstep! Surely you would want to do something to help. And that is exactly what the Clubs in South Africa and District 9270 are doing. This is where Rotary comes in, clubs in District 9270 are trying to do something about this but they need your help. These children need good nutrition if they are going to grow and develop. It is amazing how little it costs to feed these children. 10p a day for subsistence feeding and 20p a day for decent nutrition. Rotary in District 9270 have teamed up with an organisation called FeedBack. FeedBack go to various food supply companies and buy up surplus food. For instance, yesterday’s bread and misshapen loaves from a bakery. Nothing wrong with it but not something that the supermarket would want to sell. FeedBack also check that it is going to children in need and that it actually gets to them. This is where you can help. During September we are asking each Club to ask it’s members to leave 20p at the end of each Rotary meal. With over 1600 members in District 1130 we can make a real difference and of course you could always leave more than 20p! Be assured all the monies collected will be sent to District 9270 for feeding these children in need