There’s a club that meets each week at Whitfield whose 44 members are engaged in an international initiative to produce what is claimed to be a health-providing superfood.
Members of Dover Rotary Club, which meets every Thursday at the Ramada, Whitfield for lunch, are working with an international team of Rotarians to grow the superfood in Madagascar.
The Dover club is twinned with the Rotary Club of St Omer in France and the Rotary Club of Aachen in German (a tripartite established soon after the last war) and together the three clubs are preparing to share the investment of more than 32,000 euros in the project to harvest a type of blue-green algae called spirulina in Madagascar where poor workers would be employed.
Spirulina is in demand in European, Japanese and American stores as a result of its reported health giving properties because it provides a concentrated source of protein, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. Dover Rotary Club’s contribution is put at about £4,000.
Liaising between the three clubs, and spearheading the project from the UK end, is Rotarian Patrick Gunzi of River who has international business experience.
Profits from the project is set to be invested in expanding production in clean water tanks in Madagascar and on providing community facilities in the producing area.