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Swindon Thamesdown Rotary Club, working closely with Wiltshire Chenobyl Children in Need, has secured a grant for a minibus for a school in Belarus from Rotary International to add to money raised at Rotary events in the town.
Headteacher Tatiana Teterich from Ozarichi in Belarus writes:
Dear Members of Swindon Thamesdown Rotary
The teaching staff of Ozarichi Secondary Comprehensive School expresses their sincere gratitude for your hard work and persistence in raising the money for buying the minibus for our school.
We need this minibus very much. We often have to take the schoolchildren to different places. The minibus will be used for taking the children from the school to the British Embassy and the airport when they go for recuperation to England, to the hospital for medical examinations, to sport competitions and contests to Kalinkovichi and Gomel.
Our teachers with a social counselor have often to visit the problem families (where parents drink a lot).
Some of the families live in the villages Litvinovichi and Lesets which are far away from Ozarichi. Sometimes we have to take the children away from their families and take them to a hospital or place them in an orphanage. We will be able to help these children much quicker if we have the minibus or even immediately when the problem arises.
We want to express our deepest gratitude for your sincere wish to lend support to us, your far away friends from Belarus.
On the behalf of the teaching staff and the pupils with the best wishes.
If you can sponsor a child, contact Gin McGiffin on 07753 662891 or mail: email@example.com
Pictured, Gin McGiffin, of Chenobyl Children in Need, second left with Ilena Klitchkovskaya, regional government deputy for education, Valentina Kasiyanchik, district chief of education, Tatiana Teterich, director of Ozarichi school