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Bryan Coventry is welcomed into membership of Harpenden Village Rotary Club by club president Val Beale.

Bringing water and sanitation to Malawi nursery schools

The striking picture, painted on cloth, is the work of a Mchinji artist.


More than 1000 nursery school children in Malawi are about the benefit from a major water and sanitation project supported by this club.


The project, in Malawi’s Mchinji district, has been undertaken by PumpAid and supervised by the local Rotary Club. It involves digging a well, installing a pump and constructing two lavatory blocks at each of 11 nursery schools.


Each lavatory block will have a hand washing facility, as will the nearby classroom.


The money for the work was donated by seven Rotary clubs – five in Scotland, headed by the Inverness Culloden club, one in France and this club. The £13,000 contributed by the clubs was matched by the three Rotary Districts involved and made up to £50,000 by a Global Grant from Rotary International.

Rotary installs defibrillator

With money given by Rotary International’s charity, Rotary Foundation, to mark its 100th anniversary, a defibrillator has been installed outside the Harpenden Trust Centre in Southdown Road.

Club President Brian Grant said: ‘We’re delighted that this important emergency life-saving facility is now available to the people of Harpenden 24 hours a day. We are grateful to the Harpenden Trust for agreeing to have it outside their centre, to our Rotary District for installing it and to Rotary Foundation for providing the funds.’

Harpenden Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy welcomed the opportunity to accommodate the machine. ‘It gives further support to the community, which is the Trust’s principal aim,’ he added.

A defibrillator delivers an electric current to the heart, providing a treatment for life-threatening cardiac conditions.

Harpenden Town Mayor Rosemary Farmer receives the defibrillator on behalf of the community from Past President Brian Grant. Also pictured are, from the left, Club Community Chairman Roy Brimblecombe, Rotary District Governor Chalmers Cursley and Harpenden Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy.


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