At its meeting on29 July the Club heard from Chris Gardner from the charity Tools With a Mission which collects old tools, refurbishes them and sends them to Africa.
In line with Covid-19 restrictions the meeting was socially distanced, and we heard from Chris how tools are collected and sorted, sent to Ipswich, one of the charity’s two key sites, where they are refurbished, and shipped to Zambia and Uganda.
Chris highlighted the plight of young people in those two countries who are forced into crime or prostitution in order to support their families. The work of Tools With a Mission can make a significant difference to the lives of these youngsters and their famiies.
The tools are packaged into trade-related toolkits, which can support training initiatives set up to encourage the individuals to learn a trade. Most tools can be recycled in this way, as can be seen from this list:
If you have any tools which could be used in this way, please contact us, or Tools With a Mission direct.
The Club was also very pleased to welcome to our meeting the District Governor, Dr Jill Bethell with her husband, Tony.
Jill brought the greetings of the Rotary International President Holger Knaack, and said how delighted she was to attend a Rotary meeting in person, rather than by video. She said that Bolsover was the only Club in the District who had managed to resume face-to-face meetings.
In her address to the members, she stressed the need to recruit and protect the work that Rotary is doing for future generations.
If you would like more details about the work that Rotary does around the world, or you would like to become part of the global family of Rotary, contact us to come to one of our meetings.