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WCDI T-shirt winner, Dennis Meadus, pictured at his home in Fareham. ''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131375-540)
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Kind-hearted Dennis Meadus is planning to finish off the hard work he started to clean up the environment in Brazil, helping nearby communities to live safely.

The Portsmouth & Southsea Rotary Club member, from The Avenue, Fareham, visited the country with the club to see what needed to be done and is going back next month.

The Rotary Club help those people who live near the banks of Gravataí River, which runs along the city of Gravataí.

Dennis had seen the state of the community for himself and helped secure a Health, Hunger & Humanity Grant worth $306,000 (£199,000).

He was helping the Rotary International District 1110 – clubs in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands, Wiltshire and Dorset – to win the grant.

The cash, which was increased to $1m with donations from Rotary members, has been spent on education and awareness, river clean-up, reforestation and enforcement.

Next month he will visit again to finish the project.

Speaking to The News previously, Dennis explained what motivated him to do what he can for the community in Brazil.

He said: ‘While visiting the area to complete eight matching grants – mainly for orphanages – I saw children bathing and drinking the water.

‘Local Rotarians in Brazil told me of the illness and deaths caused by this pollution, as often river residents did not bother to boil the contaminated water before use.’