Rotarian aims to help Romanian children

Hastings Rotarian Ray Dixon (left) with Club President Brion Purdey
Hastings Rotarian Ray Dixon (left) with Club President Brion Purdey

A ROTARIAN is heading up a project designed to help impoverised children in Romania.

Ray Dixon, from the Rotary Club of Hastings, will be travelling to the country in Eastern Europe next month.

The project aims to aid the closure of all children’s institutions in Romania by 2020.

Currently there are around 14,000 youngsters in institutions, who need homes.

Lynn Mitchell, the District Governor of Rotary for Kent and East Sussex, set a theme for the current year, which is Giving Children a Childhood.

Working in conjunction with the charity Hope and Homes for Children, Rotary is specifically targeting children who are difficult to place in normal homes, having mental or physical disabilities.

Mr Dixon said: “Special small homes with surrogate parents are being established across Romania purposely fitted out to accommodate the needs of each child. This ensures that no child is left behind and the institution can be closed. Experience shows that the very existence of an institution encourages their use. “Clubs across the district are using imaginative ways to fundraise for this cause, each house requiring £16,000 to set up.

“I am visiting Romania in March on a fact-finding mission to see first-hand the institutions that are being closed, the location of these special housing units and the areas where we can assist in this programme.”

Mr Dixon will also be accompanied by a Rotarian from Ware in Hertfordshire with a view to visiting Rotarians in Romania during their trip.