Happy New Year to you!
2020 had challenges for everyone. Some of us have had personal challenges and some Rotary Clubs have not survived but some have been able to look at new ways of working, to assist their communities and their world partners. While “Rotary Opens Opportunities”, the Covid world also offers opportunities to look at new ways to help those who need it most.
For our committee, we cannot forget that 690 million people in 2020 went to bed hungry every night. And, the World Bank estimates that an additional 38 to 150 million people will fall into poverty in 2021.
Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group, in response to increasing requests for assistance, developed Brief Gardening Guides, which gives people a good start to the process of developing food security in their communities. They have been received with open arms and we will continue with this development this year.
The down side of growing requests is that we have an urgent need for funds – we have many requests we cannot meet in a timely manner because of lack of funding. One part time employee, Karalyn, cannot keep up with the needs, and her skills are better than most! So please, if you have a few dollars in your clubs budget unallocated, we would gratefully accept, and would use it wisely.
The committee is also looking for a corporate sponsor to support our projects. If you know someone we can speak to, please let me know.
Best wishes for the second half of this Rotary year when Rotary will continue to offer opportunities.
Yours in Rotary
PDG Una Hobday OAM, PHF
Chair – Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group