The Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare is one of Ireland’s most prestigious sporting venues. It stages many top horse races, including the Irish Derby.
But now that horseracing has been suspended, they have joined forces with Newbridge Rotary to support its community work during the current pandemic.
Together, they are working to support a scheme to provide meals to vulnerable residents in Newbridge. Security company Manguard Plus is also weighing in with financial muscle.
📢Curragh joined forces with Rotary Club of Newbridge to support the vital work & meals delivery they are carrying out which is benefiting some of the most vulnerable residents cocooning in local community during Coronavirus pandemic.
— The Curragh Racecourse (@curraghrace) May 6, 2020
Originally started by Dora-May’s Cafe in Newbridge, this initiative is now delivering 140 meals per week from Dora-May’s, All Seasons in Limerick Lane and Harte’s Restaurant in Kildare Town.
They have been providing financial support, as well as helping with delivery of the meals. And although the scheme is confined to Newbridge, the Rotary club hopes to extend their work to beyond the town in the coming weeks.
This initiative is now delivering 140 meals per week.”
Rotarian Sharon O’Carroll, who is leading the project, told the Leinster Leader: “It is critical that in order for us to continue our work in the community that we need to raise as much funds as we can. This will ensure we can provide the current level of meals and be able to consider extending the service to other areas of the locality.
“We would urge people to be as generous as they can by donating through the Go Fund Me page.”
In Hertfordshire, Watford Rotary has donated cash to 11 charities. They are also working closely with the Watford Blind Centre, contacting blind club members during the lockdown.
The club has also donated £2,000 to Watford’s ‘One Vision Hot Meals Project’.
The project ensures that many members of the community who have fallen on hard times are able to get one hot meal a day.
Many children, who would normally get free school meals, are now able to choose from a children’s menu, and for adults there is a choice of Asian or European menus.
Watford Rotary’s donation will ensure hundreds of needy members of our community get a hot meal a day for a number of weeks.”
Enoch Kanagaraj who heads up the project for One Vision, was delighted with the donation.
He said: “Watford Rotary’s donation will ensure hundreds of needy members of our community get a hot meal a day for a number of weeks.”
Watford Rotary’s President, David Silverston, said that they were also able to make a £500 donation to the Watford Branch of the Salvation Army for their food assistance project.
In north-east England, Washington Rotary has been working with Framwellgate School in Durham to make face visors for front line health care staff.
Using 3D printers, the school technicians made a number of visors for care home staff
Rotarian Neil Mconie said the club had been contacted by some care homes who advised they were in desperate need of the face visors. Framwellgate School have so far made around 2,000 visors, supported financially by the Washington Rotarians.
In South Wales, Swansea Rotary has donated £1,000 to the Samaritans to help the charity with their work during the Covid-19 crisis.
Morriston Rotary has been working with a local company to make reuseable visors for frontline NHS and care workers. And Mumbles Rotary has donated cash to the Swansea Foodbank at Red Café in Mumbles.
Swansea Rotary has donated £1,000 to the Samaritans to help the charity with their work during the Covid-19 crisis.”
Rotary clubs in the Heart of England District have created a Covid-19 Community Support Fund.
A panel of trustees considered the funding applications from Rotary clubs across the Midlands District.
These ranged from providing much-needed funding to foodbanks in Wylde Green, Erdington, Coventry Jubilee, Nuneaton, West Bromwich, Arbury, Kinver, Southam 2000 and Shipston on Stour.
Warwick Rotary, partnering with TLG, are providing food parcels to needy children and families.
While Hagley, Bromsgrove and North Worcester Rotary clubs are providing materials and teams to assist with the provision of NHS scrubs by the NHS.
Warwick Rotary partnering with TLG, are providing food parcels to needy children and families.”
Knowle & Dorridge Rotary is partnering with Age UK to support vulnerable elderly people in the community.
Lichfield joining up with other Rotary clubs in an adjoining area to buy and deliver Covid-19 full face visors for local care homes.
Redditch Kingfisher Rotary is joining forces with a local school to provide equipment to enable podcasts, video tutorials to be created and sent out to all of the students and staff to support them during the current lockdown.
In addition to the £3,750 provided in funds by the District, these clubs have also contributed a further £7,000 from their own club funds.
West Wickham Rotary in Kent has completed a mammoth project by donating 173 scrubs bags to NHS workers to coincide with International Nurse Day. They have 2,200 donated creams and 4,000 chocolates to the front line staff.
In Hampshire, Fareham Rotary has donated £500 to a group making scrubs for health workers at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and the Rowans Hospice.