Richard Spalding Receives Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, St Lucia

It was with great pleasure that at our dinner meeting on Monday 22 May, Winchester Rotary received the news that Richard Spalding has been awarded  a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Gros Islet.

The following was read out by President Deborah at our Club meeting.

I am very pleased to announce some unusual but very well deserved news, that Richard has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Gros Islet in St Lucia. The award was presented on 29th April by Past President Lenita Joseph at the Rotary Club of Gros Islet’s 30th anniversary of their Charter, and was in recognition of the 3 tranches of aids for disabled people in St Lucia that Richard organised over the past 6 years.

The first of these was in 2017 when he arranged the delivery of some inserts to fit into wheel chairs to help with posture of children who have cerebral palsy, this being funded by the International committee, together with a motorised wheelchair to an individual who had a 1-mile commute to work each day.

Then, in 2019 and 2021, he sourced about £100,000 worth of prosthetic limbs to go to St Lucia, which has a particularly high need for these (due to diabetes and road traffic accidents), and which became the basis for St Lucia establishing a Prosthetics Centre on the island. He managed to arrange for all 3 tranches of items to be packaged and transported totally for free, using TFSR for building the packing crates, Hampshire Freight Services to transport to the port and Geestline to ship the items across the Atlantic.

Our congratulations to Richard for his outstanding service to the Rotary Club of Gros Islet in St Lucia where, in addition to his membership of Winchester Rotary, he is also a member of Gros Islet. He lives in St Lucia for approximately 6 months of the year.

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