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Lance Corporal Sophie Maynard with Immediate Past President Mike Bradley and on the left Sophie's Dad David Maynard who is also Vice President this yearRoyal Marines Band Service Lance Corporal Sophie Maynard gave us a fascinating insight into the role of MERT in the rapid and safe evacuation and treatment of wounded soldiers in Afghanistan.

The delivery of medical care to injured soldiers in Afghanistan is considered to be the best ever provided to deployed forces. The number of soldiers that have survived life-threatening injuries is the best in recorded history and testament to the expertise of the medical staff involved.

Before beginning an operation Commanders make plans, including what needs to be done if a soldier becomes unwell or injured. If a soldier is injured, the priority is to make the situation safe. This might mean defeating the enemy or moving the casualty to safety. Once safe, the casualty will receive treatment from a Buddy, Team Medic, CMT or RMO. Initial treatment is to stop bleeding and maintain the airway.

When a helicopter is needed

An assessment of the soldier's condition is made and if additional care is needed a request for assistance is made. The request for assistance is made by giving the casualty's location, nature of injury and priority for treatment. The information is quickly analysed and a response issued. If injuries are life-threatening, a helicopter will be launched. If the casualty is close to the hospital, an ambulance will be sent. If a helicopter is launched it might be necessary to move the casualty so that it can land safely. The helicopter medical team, also called a Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), will then fly the casualty to the hospital. They use two Chinooks one on call one on standby; these are large enough to allow Advanced Life Support treatment to continue whilst in flight. The MERT will also call the hospital with details of the casualty's injuries so they can prepare.

Carr Lodge Park Rock Garden

 

This Summer has seen the fruition of many months of hard work to transform what once was a very untidy and overgrown area into a sea of flowers within the rock garden adjacent to the Carr Lodge Mansion House.

The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix worked in collaboration with the local Council and the Probation Services Community Payback Team.

This is a perfect example of what can be achieved by team work.

Yes, what a day it was! Hot and sunny, with record crowds

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As of the 1 May 2011, over £6000 has been raised and banked through the combined efforts of walkers, donors, and sponsors of the Rotary Navigation Walk. This is a tremendous total and will grow to a bigger sum once our Gift Aid application has been processed through HM Revenue and Customs.
The first of our Presentation Nights took place at The Navigation Inn, Broad Cut Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, on Thursday 12 May when a cheque for £2000 was handed over to the Wakefield Hospice.
A further presentation evening was held on Friday 20 May at the Navigation Tavern, Mirfield, when cheques for £2000 each were handed over to The Kirkwood Hospice and The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.

Once all moneys have been received and Gift aid funding has been received from HM Revenue and Customs, further cheques for the balance will be sent to the respective Hospices and our web site will updated.

To all walkers and sponsors of walkers, many thanks for taking part and your contribution.

Bill Sutton

On behalf of the Rotary Navigation Walk Committee.

Boots for AfricaHorbury & Ossett Phoenix supported 'Boots for Africa', the Charity launched at the time of the 2010 World Cup by Sheffield Football Club (the oldest football club in the world)  Photograph of Rotarian Ian Rayner collecting the boots from Ossett Academy, April 2011. This was the largest single collection given to our Club."

On the evening of the Royal Wedding Day, Phoenix Member Ian Rayner appeared with Angela Rippon on the One Show with a very serious message of National importance - quite right Ian!

please view the video clip: [hdplay videoid=5 playlist=one-show-rayner]

 



Presentaton to Geoff Driver of the Prostate Cancer Charity

On 17 March Phoenix Members were addressed by Geoff Driver from the Prostate Cancer Charity. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and now accounts for nearly a quarter of all new male cancer diagnoses. The Prostate Cancer Charity invests in research into the disease and seeks to raise standards of treatment and of care and support for patients and their families, as well as playing a key role in raising public awareness of the disease and promoting political debate about services and support.

 

Club President Mike Bradley was delighted following Geoff's address to hand him a donation of

Another very successful Youth Speaks event was held at Heath Cottage on 27th January. Horbury and Ossett Schools fielded teams to present their views on the topic

Left to Right: Mike Gill President, Rosemary Donnan, Past president Jim DonnanRosemary and Jim Donnan chair the Emley African Educational Project which has brought a new school to children in Mzambweni in Kenya. Their efforts over the years has enabled the building of 8 new classrooms, a library, headmasters study and teachers room together with improved cooking and recreational facilities. A new toilet block was installed last year and as a continuance of this President Mike of Phoenix Rotary was pleased to make a donation to Jim and Rosemary for the providing of clean running water and the installation of a septic tank.

Clean water and a good education will together enhance the lives of these young children.

 

Visit: http://www.emleyafricanschools.co.uk

Left to Right: Mike Gill Phoenix President, Karen Townend Olympic Torch Bearer, Michael Robb Event OrganiserKaren Townend visited Horbury & Ossett Phoenix on a special Ladies Evening organised by club member Mike Robb. Members and guests were surprised by the Chariots of Fire theme tune as Karen entered the room wearing her Olympic Games uniform and carrying the Olympic Torch.

Karen is from a well known Wakefield sporting family and has herself achieved excellence in swimming and netball and is now a keen golfer. Karen has worked in the NHS for many years and is currently a Practice Nurse.

Karen gave a very emotive talk on the lead up to the big day and her experiences as she carried the Olympic Torch through Wakefield towards the Chantry Bridge surrounded by cheering crowds and the well organised Olympic Support Team

 

Karen will be visiting Phoenix again in November at our Sporting Supper

For many years Rotary Clubs across the world have been working with the World Health Organisation, the United Nations, and more recently the Bill Gates Foundation in a campaign to eradicate polio. Rotary Clubs have participated by raising money and by members working in those countries where polio is still endemic to vaccinate children against the ravages that polio can cause. Our Rotary Club is proud that we have contributed to the campaign both with money raised through our local events but also by members of the club, at their own expense, taking part in the vaccination programmes in Africa.

In October 2010 we will be joining other Rotary Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland to raise money and heighten awareness of the continuing risk of polio in particular in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. To that end we have invited 11 Primary and Junior and Infant Schools in our area to take part by involving their children in planting purple crocus in the schools grounds. The purple crocus is representative of the purple dye which is put on a finger of every child after they have been vaccinated. All the invited schools have accepted the challenge 3000 crocus bulbs were delivered to the schools in the past week. In addition each school has been given access to the RIBI educational pack appropriate to the age of the pupils so they may tell the children about the disease and its terrible effects.