Caring David’s duty is to help those who are less fortunate

Cosham Rotary Club have been collecting tools which they donate to a charity and then will be sent to people less fortunate in Africa.''Pictured is: David Long (67), community chairman for Cosham Rotary Club, with just some of the tools they have collected.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13643-2331)

Cosham Rotary Club have been collecting tools which they donate to a charity and then will be sent to people less fortunate in Africa.''Pictured is: David Long (67), community chairman for Cosham Rotary Club, with just some of the tools they have collected.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13643-2331)

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Caring David Long is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner after he arranged for unwanted equipment to be collected and sent to people in Africa.

The 67-year-old, who lives in Denmead, set up the initiative for Cosham Rotary Club.

He got other members of the organisation to help him set up a stall in High Street, Cosham, where people could come and drop things off.

Equipment which the club asked for during Cosham Community Day, held on Saturday, February 23, included spectacles, tools, computer ink cartridges and sewing machines.

In the end a total of 500 different tools and a dozen sewing machines were donated.

The collection of items is now being stored in a garage at Fort Widley, on Portsdown Hill Road, near Fareham, before they are taken away by charity Tools for Self Reliance and sent to those who are less fortunate.

David, who is chairman of the rotary club’s community committee, says: ‘I’m really impressed with the amount that was donated by the public. We just want to help people help themselves .

‘People in Africa need tools and this will hopefully help them to build things for their communities.

‘I wanted to do this because it’s part of my duty as a rotary member – our motto is ‘‘service above self’’.’

If you would like the club to come and pick up some equipment, call David on (023) 9225 5246.

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