Rotarians host out of Africa experience

An Africa evening, organised by Market Rasen Rotarians, has raised almost £700 for a support charity.

This was the third year in succession the group had organised the event, where members and guests enjoyed an evening of food, based on African dishes, and African music, together with competitions and the inescapable raffle.

The £684 profit from the evening has been boosted with a £500 matching grant from the Rotary District 1270, meaning £1,184 will be going to the Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust - an organisation working with children, youths and their communities in rural Rarieda District in Siaya County, western Kenya.

The trust supports 25 schools in the area, advising on self-sufficiency in gardening and farming, and supplying the equipment, seeds and know how to grow crops.

Once the lesson is learned by the young scholars, the word is spread to the wider community.

A competitive element raises the bar, with winning schools being encouraged with more seeds and more equipment.

Rotary President Derek Anderson was very pleased with the success of the evening.

It was a project he became involved with, whilst visiting his daughter who lives in Kenya, and together with his wife Janet, he can keep an eye on progress on future visits.