The Rotary Club of Crewkerne Songs of Praise with the Stoke Sub Hamdon Band raised £547.00 for the 500 Mile charity. The evening event at the Methodist Church was attended by around 60 people. Rotary International are supporting the 500 Mile charity, which was founded in Scotland in 2008 by former lawyer Olivia Giles, a quadruple amputee. The charity helps people in Africa to walk again and has two centres in Malawi, where it provides prosthetic and orthotic services in cooperation with the Malawian Ministry of Health.
The long term success of 500 Mile projects in Africa, depends on the charity ensuring that there are sufficient well-trained Malawian, Zambian and Zanzibari prosthetists and orthotists to provide a high quality of service. Charity founder Olivia Giles, lost all four of her limbs after being struck down by Meningitis. Olivia is extremely aware of how important being independent is for people with mobility difficulties and to give them a chance to live independent lives.