Rotarians host Porthcawl international evening

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Local People

The Rotary Club of Porthcawl recently held its annual international evening at the Hi Tide, when it again invited students from the Atlantic College at St Donat’s in the Vale to share an evening of music, food and world-wide cultures.

Fourteen students and over 150 guests were wonderfully entertained by Porthcawl Rotarian Rob Chick and his daughter Stephanie, who accompanied her father on the harp.

Their programme included a selection of Welsh songs and melodies – very apt for the evening, since the club’s international committee always aim to host the evening on the nearest Monday to St David’s Day.

After their meal, the students (from Japan, Russia, El Salvador, Palestine, India, Norway, Spain, Malaysia, Swaziland, Jordan and Pakistan) spoke about their country, culture, history and explained the colours of their flags.

Some sang or danced but all were enthusiastic and delivered thought-provoking introductions to their countries to an enthralled audience.

Last year, the proceeds from the evening were donated to Father Cashin (formally from Porthcawl) for a water project in Zambia. This year, the Rotary Club is pleased to report that proceeds from the international evening will be donated to the Green Tara Trust, a special charity in Nepal.

The Porthcawl club chose this charity for two reasons: firstly, it gives the club an opportunity to support the country after its devastating earthquake and secondly, the trust was founded by Dr Jane Stephens, who grew up in Porthcawl and was educated at St Clare’s Convent. Her father, Barrie, is an honorary member of the club.

The charity supports mothers and babies in rural areas in Nepal, which is one of the poorest countries in south Asia with one in two people living in poverty.

The amount raised on the night will go to Dr Stephen’s charity and will be matched by Rotary.

Ivor Williams

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