The Rotary Club of East Kilbride had a very interesting talk from John Hoey. John is a native of East Kilbride and he served for 30 years with the Fire Service. After his retirement he became involved with charity work, first of all with schools and then with the European Commission. For the past five years he has served on the Childrens Panel.
His talk was about a visit to Nepal last year on a mission to help with the rebuilding of a school which had been destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 2015, when much of the area around Katmandu was flattened. Half the population of the region are illiterate, so the provision of schooling is essential.
John was there for two weeks as part of a group of ten, who had not only paid for their own trip, but had raised a considerable sum of money to go towards the school.
The school, East Point Academy, was operating out of temporary accommodation consisting of corrugated iron panels supported on bamboo posts, but the children were all smartly dressed in their uniforms and John showed a number of slides of them in the school.
The new building, which will cost £150,000 to build and will take a further £20,000 to fit out, is scheduled to be completed by June this year, and John is hoping he may be able to revisit the area at that time.
After a lively question and answer session a sincere vote of thanks was given by Past President Bruce Gunn.
The photograph shows John Hoey on the left with Club President Elect Charles Devennie.
On Friday the 16th of March 2018 the members of the Rotary Club of East Kilbride were overwhelmed by a presentation by Mhairi McManus talking about the charity Funding Neuro. Mhairi, a native of East Kilbride, has recently become involved with this charity and is about to be appointed Community Fundraiser. The charity promotes research into neurological disorders and was founded by Bryn Williams, (aka "Wobbly Williams"), a lawyer who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2007 at the age of 36. Bryn took part in a clinical trial in Bristol involving a unique catheter delivery system for drug infusion to the brain which had been developed by Professor Steven McGill. This Convection Enhanced Delivery system comprises micro-catheters and a skull anchored port involving a 12 hour operation and allows drugs to be infused directly to the brain every 4-6 weeks without further surgery. Following this treatment Bryn's Parkinson's regressed. The treatment has also been trialed successfully on children with DIPG, a universally fatal brain tumour, and has more than doubled their life expectancy. Mhairi showed a video of patients with Parkinson's before and after treatment and the difference in their ability to move and walk was quite astounding.
After a lively question and answer session a sincere vote of thanks was delivered by Rotarian Liam Donnelly.
Picture shows (l-r) Rotarian Liam Donnelly, Mhairi McManus and Club President Elect Charles Devennie.