Otter Valley Rotarians deliver donations to Door of Hope scheme

Paul Floyd from the Rotary Club of the Otter Valley makes a donation the the Door of Hope charity in

Paul Floyd from the Rotary Club of the Otter Valley makes a donation the the Door of Hope charity in Johannesburg and Windhoek during his recent travel. - Credit: Archant

Rotarians in the Otter Valley have helped to boost a scheme helping abandoned babies in Africa by donating more than 50kg of clothes.

The club supports the Johannesburg-based project the Door of Hope, which was set up to reduce the numbers of babies dying after being left by their families.

Paul Floyd, from the Rotary Club of the Otter Valley, delivered more than 50kg of clothes on his latest travels abroad.

The scheme creates a place where babies can be left in a small, heated box in a wall.

Once a baby is inside the box, staff will be alerted to bring the child back into the orphanage, where they stay until they are adopted.

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As part of the trip, the Rotarian donated 30kg to the Johannesburg home and 20kg of baby clothes to a Door of Hope orphanage in Windhoek, Namibia.

He also gave the scheme £300-worth of baby food and essential items and waterproof aprons which had been made by the Inner Wheel of the Otter Valley.

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Paul, a private aero engineering consultant, travels across the world for work where he also meets with local rotary clubs.

Peter Taylor, from the Rotary club, said: “The club is lucky to have Paul as a member because he is able to take quite considerable amounts of clothing and money raised by the club for baby food and essential items which are bought in South Africa.

“Paul also helps in India and Ethiopia via local Rotary Clubs where the poverty is sometimes very bleak.”

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