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Rotary clubs serve up new ways of fundraising

Rotary clubs serve up new ways of fundraising

Rotary clubs have been busy celebrating and fundraising in the last weeks as well as supporting refugee’s children and providing them with an opportunity to enjoy themselves during a special ‘Fun Day’.

In challenging times Woking District Rotary Club, Greater London has turned to new ideas to fund its local and international charitable efforts.

Its latest venture is a Nepalese Banquet, which was held at Everest Spice in St Johns. The guests were welcomed by Pipe Major (Retd.) Krishna Rai, a Ghurkha who has served in the British army for 30 years.

The 70 diners enjoyed a seven-course tasting menu with a wide variety of interesting plates.

Funds were raised for The Rotary Foundation which supports projects through grants to local Rotary clubs in its efforts to promote developments in education, environment and other areas of need.

During the pandemic, the Foundation awarded £250,000 locally, including £7,300 to Woking District Rotary for initiatives at Woking and Sam Beare Hospice and the Woking Food Bank.

Bramhall and Woodford Rotary was joined by eight more local Rotary clubs along with Care4Calais in running a ‘Fun Day’ for 100 Afghani children living in a local hotel.

The event was supported by both generous donations and volunteers.

Funds were raised for The Rotary Foundation which supports projects through grants to local Rotary clubs.”

Bramhall and Woodford Rotary President, Sue Preece, explained how long the refugee families have been stuck in the hotel and how it impacted the children.

She said: “Most of the Afghan families who have been living in the hotel have been there since the end of August.

“The only space for the children to play was in the corridors and the hotel is also open to the public. So, our club wanted to do something special!”

The event ran from 10 am until 6 pm and was a full action-packed day of activities.

Haworth and Worth Valley Rotarians and their guests have recently gathered for a major double celebration at Newsholme Manor in Oakworth, West Yorkshire.

The club was celebrating the three former presidents years of service; John Huxley, Nicholas Oughtbridge and Ian Park.

The club was also celebrating a donation to a Yorkshire Children’s Hospice which has been mentioned in the following article.

The only space for the children to play was in the corridors and the hotel is also open to the public.”

Each of the three Presidents had missed out on the opportunity to host the club’s annual Charter Dinner during their years of office and this week’s gathering in Oakworth filled that gap in their Rotary careers.

Present Club President Gary Gardner said: “Being President of your club is a major honour for any Rotarian and usually the highlight of their year is hosting the club Charter Dinner.

“The trio helped see the club through the difficult COVID-19 lockdowns and we wanted to mark their service to our club in a special way.”