Gordon Morrison’s Charity work has spanned 20 years involving the creation of CLIC Sargent through a merger of two charities creating the largest childhood cancer support charity, the development of a new charity, World Child Cancer and more recently taking over as President of Stort Valley Rotary.
World Child Cancer increases access to curative and palliative treatments for vulnerable children, and improves the support for families provided at the hospitals and at home.
World Child Cancer supports children with cancer in the developing world. This charity is now delivering into 16 countries in the World and supports the treatment of 6,000 children annually. Gordon is currently Chairman of World Child Cancer Global which co-ordinates the global work of the charity and encourages and supports the establishment of World Child Cancer Charities in countries outside the UK.
Chaldean Group agree to support Stort Valley Rotary
Chaldean Group, which incorporates Farming, Property Investment, Property Development, Forestry, traditional and Private Equity Investments have decided to further support the community within which we primarily operate. Over the last 20 plus years we have supported many local charities and we have now decided to widen our involvement through an innovative tie up with Stort Valley Rotary.
Rotary is a very effective international network of clubs from every corner of the world that collectively take on ambitious and effective challenges, the most recent being the eradication of polio. As a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9% since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Other programmes have seen Rotary supporting natural disasters such as we have seen recently with the bush fires in Australia. Rotary members and the Rotary Foundation play a unique role in disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. Working closely with ShelterBox and other organisations that specialise in disaster relief, Rotary members lead projects to support every phase of a community’s recovery.
Locally Rotary clubs are also equally effective in supporting local causes. Stort Valley Rotary are focusing their attention on “Supporting our Children”. Our, in this case meaning the area Stort Valley represent.
To coin a well-known phrase, “Children are our future”. Today’s children face tremendous pressures through exposure to Social Media that increasingly impacts on families who require support in ways that previous generations had not imagined. It is this challenge where Stort Valley are focussing their attention.
Supporting children is a very delicate activity so Stort Valley Rotary have teamed up with two highly specialised charity partners – Corum, who deliver a program called Life Education and Aspects, who deliver a program covering mental health awareness.
Some of you will be aware of Stort Valley’s fundraising activities in Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding area. Chaldean Group have agreed to match fund the money that the Club raises.
Our Chairman, Gordon Morrison, is also President of the Stort Valley Rotary Club and has been very active in developing ways that the Club can substantially increase its effectiveness within the local community. Rotary is a wonderful vehicle through which those within the community can support those living in the community.
Rotary has not had the profile necessary to develop and expand but Gordon Morrison is determined to change this. The club ideally requires a minimum of 50 members across the whole range of age profiles with an equal balance of male and female. Current membership numbers of Stort Valley are in the mid 30’s but the age profile has extended over the last 20 years. Gordon would very much like our readership to consider joining the club and join Chaldean Group in supporting the work of the club.
Stort Valley Rotary meet every fortnight at the Coach & Horses on the Sawbrideworth Road where they hold a dinner with a guest speaker. (pictured above Gordon Morrison with the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, a guest speaker)
Recently, Stort Valley agreed to work with the Town Council and the Bishop’s Stortford Business Improvement District (BID) to put on a Food & Drinks Festival on the lead-up to Christmas. This event will see Santa making a very dramatic entry to Bishop’s Stortford as he finds his way to his Christmas Grotto and the turning on of the Christmas Lights. There will also be “Pop-up” food and drinks outlets set out in North Street along with an excellent demonstration of local talent entertaining the town.
As part of the rejuvenation of the Stort Valley club there has been the introduction of Corporate and Family membership categories in order to encourage local business and new generations to participate in the Club. You will also see a significant increase in the Club’s Social Media activity as the club get the message out that it is open, friendly and welcoming.
Chaldean Group would encourage you to join them in supporting Stort Valley Rotary. The easiest way to do this is through us by emailing [email protected]
Gordon and his wife are Trustees of The Chaldean Charitable Trust. The charity makes grants to registered charities, particularly those which work with and for the benefit of children.