Visit to Tools for Self Reliance

On Friday 7 October,  a party of 12 members and one past member, Allen Cobbold, enjoyed a visit to the  Tools for Self Reliance  (TFSR) Workshops at Netley Marsh.  For those unfamiliar with TFSR, it is a charity which helps Africans build sustainable lives by collecting and refurbishing used workman’s tools and sewing machines and despatching them to partner NGO organisations in seven different African countries. Their partners look after TFSR’s in-country interests including establishing centres for training potential artisans.

The primary purpose of the visit was for members who have not seen the workshops, to take a tour and all the processes involved. The tour was considerably enhanced by the presence of Thomas who assisted the workshop manager Stuart Bailey in showing us around and demonstrating his new skills by repairing an electric drill.

Katie Wilson, their new Communications and Fundraising manager, had done some research and discovered that Winchester Rotary has been working with TFSR for over 30 years by both collecting and delivering tools, and raising funds, often through organising District Grants. They kindly showed their appreciation by presenting us with a certificate and a memento. Thomas also received a certificate in recognition of his impressive fundraising achievements by running the Clarendon Marathon on Sunday 2 October.

In turn, we were able to show our appreciation to TFSR for their support to us by preparing the three shipments of Prosthetics for Richard Spalding’s project in St Lucia, and for providing tools for Dave Stewart’s St Giles Hill Graveyard refurbishment project. It is a pleasing two-way relationship we enjoy with TFSR.

David Farthing

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