Church Wilne church clean up and April 13th meeting

Throughout the morning of Saturday 11th April members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne, partners and friends of St Chads started on the project to give the outside of St Chads Church Wilne a complete tidy up.

This included collecting many months of cut down trees and branches, bramble, clearing and jet washing paths around the church and having a large bonfire before arranging for the remaining piles to be taken away on a large lorry.

The Rotary Club now plan to visit again on Saturday 15th August to complete the work for this year.

Speaker meeting 13th April 2015

At the Church Wilne Rotary meeting on Monday 13th April Rotarian John Gregory gave the members an update on Rotary's Aquabox scheme.

Put simple the project is to provide, in the wake of both man-made and natural disasters, a rapid response provision of safe drinking water and welfare aid items. It provides an inexpensive, easily transportable and simple to operate method of restoring safe drinking water thus helping to minimise the outbreak of disease.

The disasters to which Aquabox has responded now exceeds fifty, mainly in Africa, South East Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. The magnificent efforts of the volunteers in responding to these disasters are exemplified by the response to the Tsunami on Boxing Day in 2004 when thousands of Aquaboxes were packed and shipped, which were capable of producing millions of litres of clean water, as well as providing material to allow victims to build temporary shelters and sustain themselves in the period which followed the disaster. This required massive contributions from the volunteers around the country and especially at the Wirksworth depot where they had teams of up 20 working every day for 2 months. Similar disasters in the Philippines and Haiti brought a similar response.

Aquabox today is, in principle, the same life saving kit it has always been, but has developed by some quite striking improvements. The original charcoal filter and chlorine tables have been replaced by a hydraulic unit based on membrane filter technology. It scrubs out bacteria down to 0.02 microns. It pumps 1 litre per minute and can produce 18,000 litres of drainable water and is called the family filter which can make water for a family group for up to 2 years.

Further developments include the Aquabox Gold, and the Aquafilter community units which is operated by hand pump and can deliver up to 300 litres per hour and can be expected to make half a million litres of clean water over 18 months and are suitable for clinics, schools and small villages.

Recent shipments have included to Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi a, Cameroon, Mexico, Malawi and Nepal.

Aquabox is vibrant and in the maelstrom of emergency aid and the main concern is funding. Response to major disasters brings in a surge of cash, but in leaner times it is hard to fund the everyday, less newsworthy, but still desperate situations around the world. So we continue to promote the cause to past and future donors.

Ray Terry

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30th March 2015


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