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Working under the umbrella of Rotary International a Group Study Exchange IN 2004/5 was arranged between District 1030 (North East England) and District 9100 (West Africa). During this exchange the representatives from North East England witnessed first hand the poverty and deprivation these people had to endure and returned home with projects for Rotarians to help complete.

A follow up visit was organised for October 2005 when four Rotarians and two family members visited the same area, primarily to attend a Polio National Immunisation Day – but also to look at projects which could be supported by Rotary and the general public in the UK.

From this trip the West Africa Trust was formed with five original Trustees, who were Jacqui Molyneux, Denise Tate, Syd Howarth, Beverley Howarth and Paul Howarth – becoming a registered charity (Number 1115443) in July 2006.

During the first year as a registered charity the Trust has managed over 30 projects and handed over to Rotarians in West Africa nearly £100,000 of aid.

The Current Trustees are: Paul Howarth (Chairman); Syd Howarth (Secretary); Beverley Howarth (Treasurer); Roger and Alison James, Cheryl Waters, Barbara Connors-Fowler and Philip LeDune.

To contact the Trust please ring one of the following numbers:
Paul Howarth – 07931 701444 –
Syd Howarth – 07931 738555 –

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