The Rotary Club of Road Town is set to embark on a major mangrove project for its 2018/2019 calendar year.
Newly sworn-in club president, Vincent Wheatley told BVI News yesterday (June 4) the initiative is part of a wider endeavour to be ‘more visible’.
“During the hurricanes, a lot of mangroves got destroyed on the southern coast of the island [of Tortola] and it has made the island very vulnerable to flooding and other natural disasters,” he explained.
Wheatley said the project, which is in its infancy stage, is seeking to plant at least 100,000 mangroves over the next 12 months.
He said there are many other projects in the pipeline, including an aggressive rebranding of many Rotary projects that were reversed during last year’s catastrophic weather events.
“One of the things that I want to do once given the opportunity is to have the impact of Rotary felt throughout the British Virgin Islands. No matter where you go, you should know that the Rotary Club is alive and well. It should be felt, it should be seen,” he said.
Usual projects will be continued
In the meantime, the club will continue its usual projects such as working alongside Peebles Hospital’s post-natal ward, working with the seniors in society, assisting with the recovery efforts, and hosting their major fundraiser – Kiddies Fiesta.
Kiddies Fiesta is one of the territory’s main events for children. It is slated for July 28 and will target close to 500 children.
Wheatley said the venue is still being worked on but promised the day will be fun-filled and each child will receive backpacks with back-to-school supplies.
During a Rotary function at Village Cay yesterday, the club announced it received a $5,000 cheque from its counterparts in Europe.
According to the new club president, those funds will be channelled towards assisting persons who lost their roof during last year’s disasters.
Meanwhile, President of Rotary International, Barry Rassin is expected to visit the territory on August 9.
“It is going to be a jammed-packed year,” Wheatley remarked.
The theme for Rotary’s 2018/2019 calendar year is, ‘Be the inspiration’.
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