Rotary The World Over

Visitors from Nepal, July 2013

Rotary is truly an international organisation, with more than 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide.

This was once again evident on 25 July 2013, when our guests were Rotarian Dinesh Raj Sharma, who is a Past President (2012/12) of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu in Nepal. He was accompanied by Tulasi P. Neupane of the Rotary Club of Patan, also in Nepal, and his son Deepak Neupane, who currently lives in the UK.

"Oh! it was so grand and friendly environment you made, was wonderful. We enjoyed being with you and fellow Rotarian (sic)," commented Dinesh afterwards.

We also welcomed back Barbara Datson, who is the founder of the Children's Health and Nutrition, Care and Education (C. H. A. N. C. E.) charity for Nepal. This registered charity was founded by Barbara in 2006, with the explicit aim of improving the lives of Nepalese children who are sick and underprivileged. Further information can be found at .

In recent years, the Rotary Club of Cranleigh has assisted in many overseas projects, including providing wheelchairs for poor, disabled people in South Africa, clean water for India, Shelter Boxes and Aquafilter Units for disaster areas, and shoe boxes for Romania. The Club has also contributed thousands of pounds towards the Rotary International project to eradicate polio from the planet - a goal which is creeping ever closer.

Photo caption: (right to left) Dinesh Raj Sharma, Barbara Datson, David Gill, Deepak Neupane, and Tulasi P. Neupane.