On Tuesday the 12th July we held our first meeting of the Rotary year led by our new president Katy. It was a fun and lively evening with an excellent speaker from Tools With a Mission.
Richard Lay, a TWAM volunteer for many years, described the work of collecting and refurbishing second hand tools and equipment which were then sent overseas from a depot in Ipswich. Enough tools to fill over 2O containers have been donated by the general public each year, to be received by pre-vetted co-ordinators in many countries – from the Congo to Zambia, India to the Philippines. The coordinators ensure that the tools end up in the hands of many needy people, enabling them to earn a living and change their world – to switch from dependency on aid to self sufficiency.
The list of items that he described was vast; most were combined into kits for carpenters, motor mechanics, builders, plumbers, electricians, engineers, tailors and gardeners – to work on computers, knitting machines, sewing machines, manual typewriters . . . the need is enormous.
Members of Oxford Spires were encouraged to report on any tools they become aware of, that are going free. Graham will co-ordinate collections with Richard to ensure that these surplus tools benefit many.
Visit the Tools with a Mission website www.twam.co.uk and see more photos like those below and read about more success stories.