Category Archives: International Projects

Rotary Shelterbox Nobel Nomination

We are pleased to announce that ShelterBox has been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their humanitarian efforts in areas of extreme conflict.

As one of Rotary International’s longest established partnerships, this nomination is an example of supporting Rotary’s Area of Focus “Peace and Conflict Resolution”.

ShelterBox announced that it is honoured to learn of this nomination, which is a great acknowledgement that ShelterBox proves much more than material aid – they provide the foundation for recovery and the stability needed for peace – one family at a time.

The nomination reflects the incredible work done by the ShelterBox staff and volunteers around the world, and those who have supported them – especially the many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians around the world.

You can read more about the Nomination here.

Essex Couple Win National Rotary Award

Pauline Craven and Alan Hilliar of Felsted Aid for Deprived Children have won a National Rotary Community Champion Award.  The award recognises their work providing aid to a treatment centre in Ukraine coping with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation consequences of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in 1986.

The couple met in 2000 when both were part of a convoy taking aid to the Revival Centre in Chernihiv, the nearest city to Chernobyl, and in 2003 they formed their own Registered Charity – “Felsted Aid for Deprived Children”.

Since then, the couple have been organising and participating in the three or four convoys a year taking toiletries, clothing, shoes and cleaning materials to Ukraine.

The Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Community Champion Award is a highly prestigious award, and all the Rotarians in London are agreed that Pauline and Alan are very worthy recipients.

Loading Aid for Chernihiv, Ukraine

District Governor Helen, with members of her Club – the Rotary Club of Northwick Park – spent the morning of Tuesday 7 February loading a van taking aid to Chernihiv (pronounce it as ‘Cherny Give’) in Northern Ukraine.  The aid will be used at the Revival Centre there.

The aid is taken to Ukraine  4 times a year in a convoy of vans organised and led by UK-AID, formerly known as Felsted Aid for Deprived Children. The aid comprised donated clothing, linens, sanitary items and children’s toys, and will head off for Ukraine early in March. Every item donated has to appear on a manifest for the Ukrainian Border Officers to accept the load, so a lot of paperwork has to be completed first by UK-AID.

Chernihiv is the nearest city to Chernobyl, the site of the nuclear disaster in April 1986.  The 30th Anniversary was marked in the country last year, as was the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Revival Centre. The proportion of local children born with neurological or genetic disorders is still increasing.

Governor helps loading aid for Ukraine


District Governor Helen (third from right) gave up part of her Bank Holiday Monday to help load a vehicle taking aid to the Revival Centre in Chernihiv in North Ukraine.  The Revival Centre provides treatment for children with mental or genetic disability and specialises in the care of those who have inherited disorders resulting from the Chernobyl disaster.

The van pictured is one of three that take aid to Ukraine four times a year.  The Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Northwick Park assemble items of aid which are taken by UK-AID (also known as Felsted Aid for Deprived Children).  Current requirements are for Children’s Clothing, Toiletries, Nappies, Children’s Shoes, Adult Shoes and Adult Winter Coats.

If you have items for shipment, or are willing to provide items, the next convoy leaves on 6 October 2016.  Your items can be collected – if it is a good load – or can be dropped off to a member of the Rotary Club of Northwick Park.

The van in the picture was purchased by Rotarians across London in September 2012.

Meal Packing Event at Hayes Park, Kraft Heinz Foundation


On 23 August 2016, Rotarians from London and Members of the District Team, led by our District Governor Helen, travelled to Hayes Park in West London, home of Kraft Heinz in Hayes, for a Meal Packing Event hosted by Stop Hunger Now – a US Charity that aims to ensure that everyone on the planet has enough to eat every day by 2030.

The meals that were packed are all based on rice, dried soya mixed with vegetables, and lentils supported by a vitamin supplement to ensure adequate nutrition for the recipients. The goal set by Stop Hunger Now of 100,000 meals being packed in 3 x 2.5 hour shifts was achieved with a few minutes to spare.  See the video at:

The project was strongly supported by volunteers from Kraft Heinz working on their Corporate Social Responsibility agenda as well as Rotarians from across London. At the end of the day, the meals will be shipped to a Stop Hunger Now partner in Kibera, Kenya. Each packed meal contains about 1,500 calories – that is 250 calories per person when shared between 6.  250 Calories may not seem like much, but when you have little or nothing to eat, it seems like a large meal!

Minibus Journey from London to Ukraine

See the video of DGE Helen and PDG Dick as they drive from London to the Revival Centre in Ukraine.  On arriving at Kyiv in Ukraine, the partner Club on the project had organised a Media Pit-Stop, and the Revival Centre in Chernihiv had organised that a journalist and television crew were present for the donation.

This video only tells the story of the journey. Clubs in District 1130 requesting Dick and Helen to speak to them get the full story, and some background about life in the Ukraine today.

Please contact Dick Nathan by email to book a visit!

Minibus Reaches Final Destination


The Minibus driven by two members of the District Team (and the Rotary Club of Northwick Park), Helen and Dick has reached the Capital City of the Ukraine – Kyiv – on Friday 10 July 2015.

Have started their journey on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at 4.30am, and having dealt with the enormous queues at Dover, they finally reached Calais. From there is was a comparatively simple drive through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland and Ukraine.

The experience at the border to the Ukraine was an entire adventure in its own right. Never have so many pages been stamped with stamps of so many colours!

After the reception at Kyiv organised by the Rotarians of Kyiv Citi Club, Dick and Helen drove North for 2 hours until they reached Chernihiv, and parked the Minibus in the Revival Centre Car Park.






There was then time for a quick meal before all collapsed in their beds for the night. The Handover was repeated on Saturday morning, this time in front of the local press and the Chernihiv television station. Both Dick and Helen gave moving speeches thanking all those that had helped with the project. Also at the event were the other members of the UK-AID convoy, with special thanks going to Alan Hilliar who has now completed 15 years of these quarterly convoys with aid for the disabled children of Chernihiv.

Please go and like the photos of the event on the Rotary in London Facebook Page (no login required, but some of the text is in Cyrillic characters).

Rotary Pain relief clinic celebrates 15 years

From the British Dental Journal…

Pain relief clinic celebrates 15 years

The Pain Relief Dental Clinic at the small village of Hansali in the Punjab, India celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on 8 February 2014 and marked it on 15 March. Hardev Coonar, Emeritus Consultant Oral Surgeon, was instrumental in establishing the clinic as a Rotary Project on his retirement from the Eastman Dental Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital in 1999. The clinic is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mill Hill and hosted by the Rotary Club of Sirhind/Punjab. Dr Richard Dunstan from London attended the anniversary celebration in March, and is pictured here with the current team at Hansali.

In 15 years the four-chair clinic has provided free dental care to 129,000 patients in rural Punjab and volunteers from many parts of the world have travelled to the clinic to offer their services in the spirit of ‘service above self’.


Rotarians assist Refugee Relief charity effort for Philippines

A beautiful day, wonderful donators and excellent helpers. A magnificent effort by everyone concerned.

Our thanks go to everyone who turned up, gave up their Saturday, had a laugh, and still managed to fill 2 x containers. Special thanks must go to Hitec and Cesab who supplied a brand new forklift, without you we could not have done it.

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This is Rotary helping two charities get aid out quickly to The Philippines – Thank you


We must not forget the ladies of Inner wheel who were busy packing educational material and most importantly, dear Sue, who made 100s of cups of tea and coffee and Moy, the roll maker.


Charles Storer, the king pin of Hope and Aid direct, who did all the paperwork and arranged most of the loads. Well done Charles and a big thank you. – THANK YOU


We will thank Allan Limus, a Rotarian in Cebu, and The Rotary clubs in The Philippines when it arrives and is delivered safely. Good luck from all in England.


We will thank Allan Limus, a Rotarian in Cebu, and The Rotary clubs in The Philippines when it arrives and is delivered safely. Good luck from all in England.


(C) Bulent Kilic - Agence France Presse
(C) Bulent Kilic – Agence France Presse

Here you can find links to three documents for you to open and print:

1. The Poster you can use to advertise the collection.

2. The Bucket Label you can stick on a bucket if you use buckets – 4 per page. You can also wrap it around a collection box. You can edit the label, if required, because it is a Word Document.

3. The A4 Landscape Flyer 2-up. Chop it in half to make 2 leaflets. You can edit the leaflet, if required, because it is a Word Document.

Good luck with your collections on or near World Peace Day.

Dick Nathan
District Governor
Rotary in London (D-1130)