Perhaps it was more than a coincidence that the Starfish Project decided to base its courses at the Boship Farm hotel at Hailsham, which also happens to be the meeting place of the Rotary Club of Hailsham. From a first invitation to talk to the club a close friendship grew. Starfish were delighted when Hailsham Rotary decided to mark the centenary of Rotary International with a bursary fund to Starfish. This fund has enabled young people, of limited finances, to attend the course.
Starfish involvement with Rotary has grown over the years with talks to many clubs, this resulted in an invitation to talk to District 1250 conference in Jersey, the success of that presentation has since led to invitations to talk to many more clubs and other district conferences and to RIBI conference at Bournemouth, April 2010.
We are so pleased to have the chances to talk to so many rotary clubs. This increases public awareness of stammering and the work of the project, whilst also providing the fantastic opportunity for people recovering from stammering to make these presentations and do something that would have been impossible before coming to Starfish.
We would also like to say an enormous thank you to the various clubs and individual Rotarians who have made generous donations to the Starfish Project to enable people who stammer, with limited finances, to attend the Starfish course. You are truly helping us to make a difference.
If your club would like someone from the Starfish Project to come and talk about the work of the Project and how we are helping people who stammer then please contact us.
Extract from an article written by Rotarian Barrie Cooper, after attending a Starfish course with his wife Judith
Extract from the Rotary District 1150 Conference Report