The Inner Wheel Club of Retford

by | 14 April 2020 | Inner Wheel, Social Group

Please note The Inner Wheel Club of Retford are not currently meeting due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

At the end of February, a team of four ladies from the Inner Wheel Club of Retford took part in the annual district quiz. On the first weekend in March, another team from the club took part in the Rotary Swimathon. The result of the club’s efforts in February created 30 Baby Bundles, 18 for Malawi and 12 for Zanzibar, where a member is visiting and will see them distributed. There were 30 Joy Bags, made up with toiletries. Some of these comprised of handbags which had been donated and which seem very popular with the women in Malawi… so any unwanted handbags will always find a new home. Twenty toy bags for boys and girls were also sent. Thank you for all kind donations.

At the club’s meeting plans were made for their charity lunch in March. Ladies were deciding which delicious desserts they would make for the day and members were also all given a tube of Smarties. The idea is that the tubes are used to collect 20p pieces. These became a donation for Riding for the Disabled in Doncaster. This is the charity chosen by Enid, the club’s UK Association President, because there are RDA centres in each of the 29 districts which make up Inner Wheel. This very good cause gives so much pleasure to both the participants and volunteers alike.

All the 29 districts are constantly busy with different kinds of service and work. All contributed to the disaster fund for Grenfell Tower, where they were able to buy five wooden seats for the school in the shadow of the tower. These were for a memorial garden and to represent the five children who were lost. The rest of the money, at the headmaster’s suggestion, was given to help fund the music department.

In another club money is raised for orphans in Kwazulu-Natal, in South Africa. This helped fund an after-school club in a school where there were 60 orphans and also a breakfast club plus funding school uniforms for some pupils. Some help was given to Coco’s Foundation which helps to build brick homes for vulnerable families and orphans.

One Inner Wheel club helps to support the UNICEF belief that every child has the right to an education and they pack Literacy Boxes containing basic school materials for Zambia. Elsewhere, including the Retford club, there are knitters who make hats and tiny comfort blankets for premature babies and Heart Cushions for breast cancer patients here in Bassetlaw, our home patch.

All over, women are coming together to give service and enjoy friendship while doing so. Why not join them? Email retfordinnerwheel@gmail.com to find out more