Miranda Watson receiving first prize in the Rotary Young Chef competition from Giovanni Fontebasso, Vice President and Governor of the Craft Guild of Chefs
Giovanni Fontebasso, a long-standing Rotarian and a member of Cranleigh Rotary, celebrated his 90th birthday in May.
To mark the occasion, he will be walking along Cranleigh High Street to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Children’s Air Ambulance.
Starting at 10.30 am on Friday, 9 July, Giovanni will be walking daily, except on 10 July, completing one circuit of Cranleigh High Street. He will finish the series of walks in Snoxhall Park on Sunday, 18 July, at the Cranleigh Rotary Concert for the Community, which commences at 3 pm.
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, with nearly 250,000 outpatient visits and 45,000 inpatient visits every year. Most of the children cared for are referred from other hospitals throughout the UK and overseas. There are 63 different clinical specialities at GOSH – the UK’s widest range of specialist health services for children on one site.
The Children’s Air Ambulance began in 2012. After a lot of hard work, dedication and passion, it began to transfer specialist paediatric teams to treat seriously ill children. This national service is the first and only dedicated helicopter transfer service for critically ill children – a flying intensive care unit.
To support Giovanni’s fundraising campaign, you can make a donation when you meet him in Cranleigh High Street, send a cheque payable to ROTARY CLUB OF CRANLEIGH, c/o Twin Peaks, The Common, Cranleigh, GU6 8SE or, from 1 July, you can donate through JUST GIVING on: www.justgiving.com
Giovanni was born in a small village in the north east of Italy and arrived in England in 1960. For nearly all his working life he worked in hospitality as a kitchen supervisor and chef. His skills also provided him with the opportunity to teach Italian and cookery.
In Surrey he was Head of Catering Services at Charterhouse School and in 1971 he became Catering Manager at Cranleigh School.