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Archive (2015 activities)

Our charity work in 2015 included:

  • Donation of £800 for the Rotary Foundation Helivan
  • We made a contribution to Toju Brown’s year volunteering in Durban, South Africa
  • Donation of a Shelter Box
  • On 27th June 2015, RC Kennington along with Della Saunders, John Lee and Re Johnson from Battersea Park Rotary Club, held a ‘human fruit machine’ stall at Lambeth Palace Garden Fete to raise funds for local charities

We made a contribution to Kennington local, Hugo Proffitt’s charity cycle ride:
The Tesco Team, including Hugo, are braving the Lycra to raise money for a great cause as well as remembering a colleague who is missed dearly from Unilever.
“Mel Jaggard was a true inspiration and has left behind a legacy of never giving up. On Friday the 15th of May we will join our Unilever colleagues and start our journey from Surrey to Gilwern in Wales which was Mels hometown. We are riding as part of an amazing team that last year raised over £58k. Our goal this year is to exceed £75k (£1000 each) so we really do need all your help and generosity.”

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RC Kennington used the repayments to fund another 2 ventures in Ecuador and Cambodia:

1. Lorena Jaramillo is 26 and for the last couple of years she has had a business raising and selling chickens from her home in a rural community not far from the small town of Vilcabamba in southern Ecuador. She learned the business from her mother who has been doing the same for many years. It is a relatively straightforward and profitable venture providing the birds stay healthy. She spends around one hour in the mornings and evenings feeding the chickens and checking that the area where they are housed is clean and safe. Lorena is helped by her husband whenever necessary and they live with her parents-in-law and her husband is a construction worker. She sells the chickens having raised them for around 3-4 months and peak demand is usually around the time of major holidays and festivals. She buys the birds for $1.50 each from the provincial capital Loja and can sell them for around $15 each depending upon their weight. Lorena requested a loan in order to purchase 200 chicks, seven sacks of specialist feed for $40 each, five packets of vitamins that cost $2 each and automatic feeders and drinkers for the birds. All the chickens have ample space to roam as well. Lorena sells the birds to shopkeepers as well as neighbours and others from her community. Lorena will use the remaining part of the loan to purchase stock as she would like to open a small general store from home selling mainly foodstuffs.

2. Mrs. Sea is requesting a loan in order to purchase another small plot of land to grow dry season rice. She has been a farmer for over 20 years and has farming land of around three hectares. She grows dry season rice. It takes a period of three months for the crops to be ready for collecting and selling. She gets around two tons of crops per hectare to supply on the market and all of her crops are sold directly to locals. As soon as the rice is harvested Sea and her husband use the same farming land (around 4,800 square meters) to grow watermelon as an extra source of income for their family. The best part of their farming activities is they use their own tractor to plough the land. This allows them to farm more efficiently and cuts down the costs. They want to expand their rice farming by adding more land so that they can grow more rice to sell. They do not have enough in savings so they want a loan in order to purchase another plot.

We made a contribution to Joanna Coulson’s year volunteering in Swaziland (
“I have been selected by Project Trust to spend a year in Swaziland (Aug 2015 – Aug 2016) before I go to university. Project Trust is an educational charity that has been sending school leavers abroad to work voluntarily in over 20 countries for the past 40 years. I am going to be living at the Sisekelo Secondary School’s hostel in a town called Big Bend (situated on the bend in the Lusutfu River in the East of Swaziland). I will be mainly working with two pre-schools for disadvantaged children and helping run a soup kitchen in a rural community, distributing food to 100 HIV/Aids orphans. Within the school I am staying at, I will also get to work with young volunteers during the evenings at the school hostel. I am very excited about this opportunity and working in a new culture, but in order to make this possible, I need to raise £5,900 on behalf of Project Trust. Any donation, no matter how small would be greatly appreciated!”

Helping to raise £800 for the Children’s Society at the Lambeth Players performance of Joseph at Lambeth Mission (March 2015).