The Rotary Club of Romney Marsh Charity Golf day Wednesday 28th April 2021 Littlestone Warren Golf Club update
Thank you to everybody who helped to organise and take part in the event
There were 24 teams of 4 and 1 team of 3, with all players starting from the first tee, commencing at 09.30 with the last setting off at 13.30. Due to Covid restrictions, there couldn’t be a formal prize giving and the planned sit down meal after the golf was not possible. Instead, all those taking part enjoyed a take-away breakfast roll and tea/coffee on arrival and were offered an opportunity to have a drink and sandwich (at their own expense) in the open air after they had finished their round. With Covid restrictions in place, guests were encouraged to leave promptly when they had finished. All proceeds from the day, from our generous sponsors, entry fees and the raffle, will be donated to CARM, to help them with their work helping the elderly and the vulnerable in our area. The Club would like to thank Littlestone Golf Club for its much appreciated hospitality even if they couldn’t arrange better weather. A full report of the day will be included in the next newsletter scheduled for issue in July but we can reveal the winning team was Steve Watkins, Graeme Dinsdale, Trevor Thompson and David Mills with a net score of 47
ROTARY CLUB OF ROMNEY MARSH
LAPTOP APPEAL UPDATE 2 – 14 APRIL
The Club is delighted with the response to our appeal to local businesses and individuals for laptops and tablets and has so far received, or been promised, more than 50 devices – and hopes to receive more soon.
We are keen to support as many students in our area as we can but we have had to revisit our original strategy a little. The number of devices donated has exceeded all expectations – the residents of Romney Marsh are truly generous, as always – and some laptops have already been given to a local school, refurbished by the school’s own IT Department, and are in use by its students. However, with the return of pupils to classroom learning, school staff are now unlikely to have time to refurbish the devices themselves for use by their pupils.
Therefore the Club has sought an alternative solution and has joined in a Rotary South East initiative called ‘Highway and Rotary Laptop Campaign’ and has been put in touch with an IT company in Sandwich – Highway Business Services (Hibits Ltd) – that offers IT services to support businesses in Kent, and one of its Directors is a Rotarian. Our President, Barbara Gold, contacted Hibits and learned that it has volunteered to take in, wipe clean, and refurbish and recycle laptops and tablets and deliver them to Schools throughout Kent – including our Romney Marsh schools. Ideally devices less than 6 years old are preferred (and if they are Tablets they need to come with any passwords so that they can be wiped clean and reused). The devices will be securely wiped, leaving no trace of personal data, and reprogrammed for schools – any unusable devices will be securely recycled.
Hibits is doing this work free of charge to Rotary Clubs and its website says ‘It’s a great cause and we want to be able to support as many schools as we can’. It has said too that it will make as many of the donated devices as possible available to primary and secondary schools in our area and 45 laptops/tablets were delivered to Hibits by Romney Marsh Rotary earlier this month; hopefully we will be able to provide more detail about the local schools that have benefitted at a later date.
So please continue to help us if you can. If you have a working laptop or tablet please call Gill Singfield on 01797 367258 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will collect it from you and arrange for it to be delivered to Hibits and after the hard drive has been securely wiped, and the device reprogrammed for schools, it will be delivered to a school for use by a student who needs it.
The club is also looking for financial donations which can be made via the donate button below. We have already received over £500 due in no small part to one very generous donation from a couple in New Romney who wish to remain anonymous but who understand the challenges facing youngsters in less fortunate circumstances in these difficult times. They should know that their contribution has made a huge difference and will be put to good use. All donations received via the website up to the end of May will be used to support the laptops for schools appeal.