May 31, 2013 3:49 PM
Mark with Milly, Albert, and Sue Preece

Mark with Milly, Albert, and Sue Preece

On Friday 10th May Cheadle MP Mark Hunter joined with members of the Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club to welcome Ugandan Rotarians Milly Nzirambi and Albert Muhwezi to the area on a special Rotary friendship exchange visit.

The visit was arranged as the result of a successful bid to Rotary International (RI) for charity air-miles for a visit to the UK to share new ideas, experiences and work together on a "village project". This followed a similar visit earlier this year when three of the Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club members went to Uganda.

Prior to the visit, however, there was a concern that Milly, President-elect of Kasese Rotary Club in Uganda, may not be able to travel after the UK Border Agency rejected her visa application. As the date of the planned visit moved closer, Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club Member, Sue Preece, who had been on the visit to Uganda, contacted local MP Mark Hunter. Mr Hunter made representations to the Border Agency and fortunately the application for Milly's visit was reconsidered.

Commenting, Bramhall and Woodford Rotary President-elect, Sue Preece, said:

"Milly and Albert's visit was wonderful, they were generously entertained by Rotarians and their families and taken out on lots of exciting trips.

"Albert was delighted to be given a ticket for the special Manchester United football match, an undoubted highlight of his visit which will be talked about for years in his village!

"They also went to Winchester and London and were amazed by the depth of the underground as well as all the usual sites!

"Whilst they were in the UK there was severe flooding in their hometown of Kasese. Bramhall & Woodford Rotary Club, with the support of other Rotary Clubs in the District were able to send out £5,000 to help the victims of the floods and to assist in the rebuilding of the local hospital."

Commenting, Mark said:

"It was such a pleasure to welcome both Milly and Albert to our area - especially after the difficulty we had experienced with Milly's visa application for a 3 week stay.

"Bramhall and Woodford Rotary do a great deal in our community and it is fantastic that they are sharing their own experiences on an international level, and helping a less fortunate community through visiting and delivering potential life-saving items such as mosquito nets and responding to the recent flood disaster in such a timely and generous manner."

What would you like to do next?