Friday, 7 October 2011

Largs Rotary £2000 Cheque

AfrOx is very grateful for the Rotary Club of Largs generous support...

At a packed lunchtime meeting of the Rotary Club of Largs at the Willowbank Hotel on 20th September, Grahame Ross introduced his guest speaker, Professor Sir John Arbuthnott FRSE on his second visit to the Club.

John, a resident of Largs, spoke about his favourite charity, AfrOx (Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation), which is working in Ghana to help children with cancer.  He has been a Trustee of the charity since it was established in 2007 by Prof David Kerr of the University of Oxford; Alan Milburn, former UK Secretary of State for Health (1999-2003); Sir John Arbuthnott, former Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Margaret Roddan, Investment Manager and Consultant.

When he visited the Club in 2008 to talk about cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa he inspired the members who decided that they would support the efforts of the charity.

At the meeting on Tuesday he informed the Club that the £2,000 which they had donated was spent on essential equipment for the children’s cancer care clinic at Korle Bu hospital in Accra. One item is a special fridge for keeping chemotherapy drugs at a specific temperature, otherwise they are unusable.

John told the Club that the hospital had established links with the Rotary Club of Accra West, members of which will make the presentation of the equipment on behalf of the Largs Club when it arrives. The Largs club is in the process of forging links with the Accra Club to try and raise more funding for the hospital’s children’s cancer care unit.  John explained that cancer care and treatment is so rare in Ghana that there are only four specialists for a population of twenty-three million.

Sir John was then presented with a ceremonial cheque for £2,000 from the Largs Club by the President, David Walsh.

After the meeting concluded, Sir John was delighted to be invited to speak to another local Rotary Club and one in Glasgow as they are very keen to support AfrOx through the Rotary Club of Largs.