The Rotary Club of Radlett kindly hosted their annual dinner for Global Grants scholars studying in London and their host counsellors. Secretary Charlotte attended with Rotary Club of Kensington's two scholars, Katie Northcott and Flavia Sorbi. It was a wonderful evening, encouraging fellowship between Rotarians and scholars.
Guest Speaker: Tim Richards, Chaplain at Chelsea Academy
Tim Richards spoke to us about his role as chaplain at Chelsea Academy, a faith school based in Lots Road Fulham. As chaplain, he serves as support for the students and organizes many activities for them. Although Chelsea Academy is a Church of England school, there is a religiously diverse student body, allowing for many opportunities for cultural exchange. He also discussed his work in recruiting mentors for students and volunteers to help in many different ways.
Meet Tenaye, a student that Rotary Club of Kensington sponsors in Ethiopia! Through the Ethiopia Education Foundation, RCK has been supporting Tenaye through her medical school studies. She is currently in her third year and we have the highest hopes for her throughout her studies!
Guest Speaker: Carol Jones, Rotary Club of Kensington member
Rotarian Carol Jones reported on her longstanding support for the charity Hope for Children which runs homes for orphaned children in Addis Ababa. Carol herself sponsors three children in the orphanage, and goes out each year to visit the orphanage. On this evening she gave a moving description of the work that the orphanage does, and showed us a heartwarming homemade film of the Christmas Party celebrations she’d had with the children.
Carol is very happy to talk to anyone interested in committing to sponsoring one of the children.
Guest Speakers: Oliver Waddington-Ball and Marie Cudennec
This evening we heard from Oliver and Marie, who run a social enterprise company in West London focused on reusing materials ("up-cycling") to build amazing furniture and decorative pieces alongside a community empowerment and training program. Oliver told us about his experience and path that led him to create the concept of Goldfinger Factory, emphasizing the importance of sustainability and community involvement. Their success, with ongoing support from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, has led them to many partnerships with prominent companies such as John Lewis and Gail's Artisan Bakery. Their site includes a showroom, a workshop, and a cafe, where community-focused events are held.
Visit the Goldfinger Factory website to learn more, and be sure to stop by and see what it's all about!