Quiz night raises pool of cash for water project

Winning team Cosmic Ballet with Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club president Robert Dunn
Winning team Cosmic Ballet with Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club president Robert Dunn
  • Rotary club fulfils 1000 euro promise
  • Village water pump out of action and irreparable
  • Scheme will provide fresh, clean water to 2,000 people

ROTARIANS held a quiz night to support a project aiming to provide fresh, clean water to a village in Madagascar.

Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club is working in conjunction with its French contact club, the Rotary Club of Eu, to help people living in Talata Volonondry, not far from the capital Antananarivo.

Nearly £800 was raised, through entrance fees and a raffle, meaning the club can fulfil its promise to donate 1,000 euros to the project.

Quiz master was East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton and a madagascar curry was served during the interval.

Rotary Les Baker said: “More than 60 members, relatives and friends gathered at St Peter’s Church hall in Shoreham to take part in the quiz, set by one of our more learned members

“The winning team, Cosmic Ballet, won by the smallest of margins and was presented with a small prize by our quiz master, who had joined in with the spirit of the evening in a humorous manner.”

Quiz master Tim Loughton receives a small token of appreciation from president Robert Dunn

Quiz master Tim Loughton receives a small token of appreciation from president Robert Dunn

The Water Agency of Normandy is funding 75 per cent of the cost of the water project, with Eu Rotarians leading fundraising towards the balance.

Mr Baker said the Shoreham and Southwick club had had a long association with the one in Eu, dating back to 1946, and helping with the project had strengthened the bond.

The village has a population of 2,000, living in a mountainous area where the water pump is out of action and irreparable.

Quiz organiser Peter Venning said: “The plan is to harness water from three streams which arise in the nearby Mountain of Langana, and to bring drinking water by gravity to fountains at different points around the village.

The plan is to harness water from three streams which arise in the nearby Mountain of Langana

Peter Venning, quiz organiser

“There will be 12kms of pipework, reservoirs and filter chambers, with a distribution network of 5kms. Water sanitation blocks will also be built to improve the health and hygiene of the community.

“Our contribution and that of the French Rotary clubs will be enhanced by Rotary district and global grants.”

Each stage of the project will be under the control of three Eau Sans Frontières International managers, who are Rotarians, three members of the Ivato Rotary Club, based in the area, and an engineering office.

The total budget for the village water project is 180,000 euros and a similar project in a neighbouring village was completed in April last year.

Mr Baker said the international fundraising effort had run alongside the club’s other regular fundraising work to help local good causes.

For more information about the club, which meets on alternate Thursday evenings and Friday lunchtimes, visit the website for the Rotary Club of Shoreham and Southwick.