2005 saw a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Reading rallying the troops from last year’s challenge to do something else. He had heard of Nyumbani (a charity dedicated to caring for HIV+ orphans in Kenya with a UK Office in Windsor where no one gets paid) through John Clemence of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge, District 1090, and off we went to Nairobi to see what it was all about, another pilot project. There were six of us plus two others from other clubs and one or two friends. I had only about £1000 with me that first time (I managed to get my son to donate another £250 midway through) but the amount of good I did with that small sum of money for the work in Kibera Clinic on the edge of the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa was astonishing and fired me up to come home and raise another six thousand to complete the job (just two more clinics……or so I thought!!!!!)
When I got home my friend and Inner Wheel member Susan Coull listened intently to what I had to say and asked if she could come with me next trip and so we embarked on a summer of frantic fundraising for £6000. That six thousand swelled into £24,500, my goodness, we were astounded! The support we had from friends, family and fellow Rotarians was amazing.