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Making a Real Difference

In 2015, RIBI created two new awards: International Man and Woman of the Year. The citation required “Outstanding humanitarian International Service by someone who has led and inspired others. The person will have been involved in international humanitarian service for several years, assisting great numbers of disadvantaged people”. Meet our ‘International Man’ and ‘International Woman’ award winners.


lan Wolstencroft joined Banbury Rotary Club in 2004 and in 2005 visited Sierra Leone as a member of a Rotary Mission Challenge Team for an intended ‘once-in a life-time experience’. He has now been 9 times! He has personally co-ordinated the funding of the development of 4 schools and also supports those 4 communities and charities with humanitarian aid. When Ebola struck it may have halted development work, but not Alan, as he continued to support ‘his’ communities with finaancial help where it was most needed.

His inspiration to others and networking skills are legendary, with many Rotary clubs, local schools, businesses and individuals supporting his work, with lives not only in Africa, but also here at home

being greatly enriched along the way. He is the epitome of ‘hands-on Rotary’ and there is no doubt that since 2005 Alan’s Africa has “made a real difference”. His contribution to sustainable projects helping both current and future generations is quite simply phenomenal.

In 2009 Alan was made a Paul Harris Fellow for his outstanding contribution to Sierra Leone Projects and in 2013 was presented with Rotary International’s most prestigious “Service Above Self” award.

To date he has undertaken 312 talks which have generated £74,370 of the total of £3158,620 he has raised for his Sierra Leone projects. He also supported the work of Mercy Ships and has visited South Africa 4 times with Goodwill &

Making friends and changing lives through working together

Sue receives her award from DGN Gillian

Wye Valley School, where she was head of sixth form, was invited by the Local Education Authority to set up a partnership with Libala High School in Lusaka. The aim of the partnership was to develop young leaders in both schools and to give them opportunities to work together, thereby promoting understanding between young people from very different cultures.

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Through Sue’s boundless energy and great vision this has developed rapidly from what was basically sports coaching for a nation lacking a PE curriculum, with the Libala students taking their new found skills to their local primary schools. She reckoned one-way visits from the Wye Valley bearing gifts was hardly a true ‘partnership’. Real friendships were being formed and skill-sharing was certainly two-way traffic. Time the visits were too!

Through vigorous fund raising by what was by now formalised as the Wye Valley Zambia Project and with the help of Rotary, particularly Sue’s own club of Bourne End & Cookham and its wider ‘family’ and a grant from District, the first group of 15 Zambian students and

ue Pomeroy’s first encounter with Zambia was in 2006 when the

2 teachers arrived in the UK in 20011. They visited local schools, ‘saw the sights’ and spoke at the Birmingham District Conference. A group returned in 2013 and took the District Conference at Bournemouth by storm with a stunning cultural dance performance.

Besides providing equipment for many of the Zambian schools, such as a new computer suite at Libala High and enhancing the teaching environment at many others, Sue’s work has facilitaed enormous citizenship enrichment in both countries. Wye Valley student, Rachel Gerrish (now District Rotaract Chairman) went to Zambia in 2011 and set up 4 Rotakids Clubs – one in each of the Basic schools her group had worked with!

Several of these are now ‘twinned’ with Clubs in schools over here, not just in the Wye Valley, but elsewhere in the District, ensuring sustainability with a whole new generation of ‘responsible citizens’. The Global Grant application for the Special Skills Unit at Chilenje (twinned with Bardwell in Bicester) is progressing well and awaiting RI final approval.

Recently returned from another visit Sue was awarded a Sapphire PHF by her club for the remarkable results she achieves.

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Alan receives his award from DG Joy

Growth for Africa (GAGA) and his total fundraising for Africa has just reached £203,000. An amazing achievement!

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