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October-November 2018 | People of Action

Dogged fundraising

Dogged fundraising

Rotary members donated nearly £4,000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, who can continue to provide much more than a service to those with sight problems.

Rushen & Western Mann Rotary has continued its traditions of helping good causes on the Isle of Man through its fundraising activities.

The club donated £3,600 to the island branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind to fund a guide dog which will have a Manx-themed name.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a charity which does so much work other than providing mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.

Their work also includes campaigning for the rights of people with visual impairment and funding eye disease research.

Jane Shutt, Secretary of Guide Dogs for the Blind (Isle of Man) received the cheque from Past Club President, Paul Winnell.

The Isle of Man Foodbank was presented with 10 slow cookers by the Rotary club.

A Manx registered charity founded in 2013, it was instigated by Rotary members from Douglas. The foodbank now has its office and operation in Cronkbourne.

Foodbank Managing Director, Neal Mellon, said: “Times are hard, many people are just about managing, so when a crisis occurs such as redundancy, illness or possibly a domestic situation, everything becomes impossible to manage.

”That’s why Foodbank exists. We provide emergency food and, in many cases, help clients to identify and resolve underlying problems by advising them of other support organisations such as The Salvation Army, Debt Management, Social Services and Housing Matters, in a bid to get them back to independence.”

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