Club president retires after year of supporting charities

END OF AN ERA George Cantrill, John Rowlinson, Mayor of Fareham Mike Ford, and Roger Esnault
END OF AN ERA George Cantrill, John Rowlinson, Mayor of Fareham Mike Ford, and Roger Esnault
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AFTER overseeing numerous fundraising efforts, a Rotary Club president is stepping down.

John Rowlinson is ending his year of office as President of the Rotary Club of Fareham.

He ends his tenure with much to show, having supported chosen charities and the community.

He said: ‘I have had the greatest fun this year.

‘I’ve had a whale of a time and our club has been able to provide fantastic support to charities in the process.’

Internationally, Mr Rowlinson chose Philippines Community Fund for his chosen charity, and locally The Haven at Wessex.

He was introduced to the Philippines Community Fund when he heard an inspirational address by Jane Walker, the founder, who set up a school in Manila for 900 children aged from three to 18.

They were all rescued from a life scavenging on the rubbish dumps to make a living and survive.

Mr Rowlinson supported the sustainable project to power the school with solar energy. Through his vision, and the backing of colleagues at the Rotary Club of Fareham, £7,000 was raised and that sum will, it is hoped, be matched by additional funding from both the Rotary Wessex District and the Rotary International Foundation.

Mr Rowlinson said: ‘We had fun raising the money by running social events including Call My Bluff, an evening of magic and two fine dining evenings.’

The Haven at Wessex is a breast cancer support centre at Titchfield.

Mr Rowlinson was impressed by the general tranquility and the range of therapies they provide and oversaw the collection of more than £6,000 which was collected by Rotarians to aid the refurbishment of the building.

The club responded to help those involved in the disaster in Nepal with £2,000 collected in Fareham.

Mr Rowlinson praised colleagues in the Rotary Club of Fareham, thanking them for their support.