Seahousesa and District Rotary Club

At the Rotary Club of Seahouses and District, Kelvin Rushworth spoke of his emotional reunion with the de Silva family of Kosgoda, Sri Lanka, pictured here on an idyllic river journey to the many small islands in Madu Ganga.'.
At the Rotary Club of Seahouses and District, Kelvin Rushworth spoke of his emotional reunion with the de Silva family of Kosgoda, Sri Lanka, pictured here on an idyllic river journey to the many small islands in Madu Ganga.'.
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FOR GILLIAN: Past President and Paul Harris Fellow Roy Dodds introduced Past President and Paul Harris Fellow Kelvin Rushworth as the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Seahouses and District.

Kelvin dedicated his presentation to his late wife, Gillian, who had been diagnosed with an inoperable fast-growing brain tumour exactly 10 years ago.

A fascinating introduction, Sri Lanka: After the Tsunami and the Tamil Tigers,, graphically illustrated the devastation caused by the tsunmai in 2004 and the distress caused by the deaths of thousands of Sri Lankans in the last 35 years, during the conflict between the Government and the Tamil Tigers.

Kelvin described how, following the December death and cremation of his wife, he had first arrived in Sri Lanka on Christmas Eve in 2001 with a small group of Kuoni tourists, the first visitors from Europe to visit the island after the Colombo airport bombing the previous summer.

In an interesting and moving account, accompanied by his usual high-quality photographs of colourful places and people, Kelvin talked about his first meetings with a number of local families in Kandy and Kosgoda in 2001 and 2002 and their emotional reunions in April 2011.

His talk concluded with pictures illustrating his passion for elephants at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

Secretary William McLaren and immediate Past President Roger Howell read out lots of letters of thanks from organisations which, recently, had received donations from the 2010-2011 distribution of funds to local and international good causes.

Especially interesting were the individual letters of appreciation written by every member of Belford Scouts.

Guests are always welcome at the weekly meetings of the Rotary Club, held from 7pm on Tuesdays at the Olde Ship Hotel.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Margaret Claydon on 01665 720472 or Kelvin Rushworth at kelvinrotary@hotmail.co.uk