RC Loughton,

Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell

Great community spirit at Love Loughton, St Mary’s Church. LBC Rotary were supporting Stroke Awareness by offering free blood pressure checks. Big thanks to our two health professionals Dr Nitika Arya and Serene 😀 We were pleasantly surprised with visits from Eleanor Laing MP, Cllr David Stallan EFDC Chairman and Loughton Town Mayor Cllr Philip Abraham, all in wonderful health!

 

We had an inspirational 6th form student, Sana, talk to us last week about her recent World Challenge trip to Nicaragua. This was a 4 week expedition with four main phases: Acclimatisation, Trekking, 2 community projects and rest. The acclimatisation phase involved a self-catered trek whilst the trek phase itself was physically demanding 5 day wild camping expedition with 5 peaks to ascend in 5 days. Sana said “avoiding snakes and other creepy crawlies was the biggest challenge.” The phase which she most enjoyed though was the community engagement one where they were immersed in the life of locals for 2 weeks and got a chance to contribute something meaningful back to the locals. This included the renovation of one school in disrepair and volunteering at another school which supports vulnerable children, many of whom suffer from domestic violence, by keeping them in education and out of trouble.Alongside her studies, part time job and babysitting, she has done odd jobs and been selling sweets and cakes at school daily towards her fundraising target of £3400 which LBC Rotary have supported.

Rotary round up.
We’re starting to plan the Chigwell Fete for spring 2018 and would like to involve local residents. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in any capacity or would like to sponsor the event.

Ted from Rotary Club of Hoddesdon and Jenni a local A level student came to talk to us about their amazing community project – A trek to Everest Base Camp, Himalayas and supporting a local school in Nepal in March 2017.
Hoddesdon 2 Himalayas project (H2H) was inspired from the BBC documentary The Highest Classroom on Earth.The idea first came about at the beginning of 2015 when the club decided to raise the funds to take 10 local students with 2 mentors from the local area.
Jenni said that Rotary has given her huge confidence and experience which she and the other students would never have had. She has gone on to be head girl at her school and been picked for world raffting championships in Japan later this year, both of which she credits Hoddesdon Rotary.