The Mayor of Swindon Rex Barnett recently welcomed the Ambassador of Nicaragua to his parlour to mark the twinning arrangement with the town of Ocotal.
Ambassador Guisell Morales told the mayor and volunteer members of Swindon Ocotal Link (SOL), “we are very pleased that the link between Swindon and Ocotal is so strong. There are warm hands and warm hearts in Swindon who care for our people.”
Bruce Clarke, chairman of SOL, said the first contact was made 27 years ago when a Swindon South America study group was set up with a view to finding a twin town and Ocotal was first approached twenty-four years ago. “It’s very much a two way process and it gives us enormous pride and pleasure to work with the people of Ocotal. They have a tremendously positive view of the world and Swindon people who visit return enormously enthused.”
SOL is committed to sending about £6,000 to Ocotal each year to support a health clinic and an old people’s home, and to provide bursaries to primary and secondary school children to help buy uniforms and books, and to assist students attend university. SOL also supports a committee in Ocotal with administrative costs and over the last few years has welcomed a number of visitors from Ocotal.
After a visit to the town by Rotarian Dr Carlos Norori in 2007, Swindon’s three Rotary Clubs have combined to raise money to supply main electricity to a school for children with disabilities.
To find out more about SOL, contact Bruce Clarke on 533338 or mail: email@example.com
Above, the Mayor and Mayoress, Rex and Sandra Barnett, welcome Ambassador Morales with SOL committee members from left, Hannah Mayell, Anne Hampson, Bruce Clarke, Patrick Norris, Mary Creffield and Gill Wallis. Rear centre Rotarian Peter Wells and rear right Ambassador’s assistant Karen Cuerrero
Below, the mayor present Ambassador Morales with a gift from Swindon in his parlour