Fareham rotary club aims to support teens on Caribbean island

PARTNERSHIP Bob Mussellwhite, left,  with Philomena Bergin of the JJ Robinson Trust
PARTNERSHIP Bob Mussellwhite, left, with Philomena Bergin of the JJ Robinson Trust
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The Rotary Club of Fareham has recently shown its dedication to supporting young people living on a remote Caribbean island.

The club’s president Bob Mussellwhite has chosen to support a charity based in Meon Valley which helps care for teenagers living on the island of Grenada.

Grenada is around the same size as the Isle of Wight but many of the youngsters living there are missing out on an education due to the lack of finances in their country.

The Rotary Club first knew about the needs of the country when it was made aware of the efforts of Jean and Jim Robinson of Soberton, Meon Valley.

The couple had lived in Grenada for several years, which led to Mrs Robinson setting up the JJ Robinson Trust in 1996.

She was determined to set up a charity where every single penny collected would go directly to the education of the teenagers of Grenada.

The Trust is run entirely by volunteers, one of whom, Philomena Bergin, gave a presentation to Mr Mussellwhite about the plight of the country.

Mr Mussellwhite said: ‘Throughout the year we will raise funds to support the JJ Robinson Trust.

‘Our Rotarians will help to raise funds to support Grenada’s teenagers in the island’s schools and colleges.’

In 2004 Grenada was struck by Hurricane Ivan, which ripped off the roofs of many buildings, including houses and schools.

The Royal Navy sent provisions for the schools, such as computers and books, along with volunteers to help with the rebuilding efforts.

‘We aim to aid the recovery from the devastating hurricane damage in the country with our fundraising,’ added Mr Mussellwhite.

‘It is motivational to hear of the positive difference the Trust makes to the students in Grenada and improvements made to the schools.’

The club will host a Caribbean lunch in Soberton on October 4, as a start to the fundraising campaign.

For further details email farehamrotary.pr@gmail.com.