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Rotary clubs set to celebrate the coronation

Rotary clubs set to celebrate the coronation

On an historic weekend for the country, which sees the crowning of a new monarch for the first time since 1953, Rotary is getting into the community spirit.

With a Bank Holiday Weekend to mark the Coronation of King Charles III, Rotary clubs from every corner of Great Britain and Ireland will be taking the opportunity to celebrate the historic occasion whilst also doing some good for local communities.

This includes volunteering as part of The Big Help Out on Monday 8th May, an initiative led by a coalition of non-profit organisations and championed by Buckingham Palace, to give the public a taste of volunteering.

Rotary clubs will be supporting a variety of activities, with a particular focus on one of King Charles III’s great passions; the environment. From litter picks to tree planting, Rotary volunteers will be working with the public to restore, celebrate and promote our outdoor green spaces.

King Charles III meets Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones, as part of Commonwealth Week in March.

Garth Arnold, Chair of the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Board, commented:

“On behalf of all members of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, I wish to extend our warmest wishes to His Majesty King Charles III on his coronation.

Rotary and the Royal Family have held a strong connection with one another for decades. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was an honorary Rotarian of the Edinburgh, London, and King’s Lynn Rotary clubs, first joining the former in 1952.

We’ve also been delighted to welcome King Charles III to our national conference in Blackpool in 2003, as well as The Princess Royal to Torquay in 2018, who is herself also an honorary member of Elgin Rotary Club.

We share your passion for community, for togetherness and tackling some of the most pressing issues being faced by people across not only Great Britain and Ireland, but the world.

While it has always been a thread running through all our humanitarian efforts, Protecting the Environment officially became one of our 7 Areas of Focus in 2020. This is a cause which you have so passionately and proudly championed for many years, and for which we were delighted to recognise you with our Rotary Award of Honour. Your voice continues to inspire action and change around the world.

We are also grateful for the support you have given to our End Polio Now campaign, which, to date, has helped to reduce the number of polio cases worldwide by 99.9%, including those in the Commonwealth most effected by the disease.

Rotary clubs and members will be involved in events nationwide which celebrate this historic coronation, as well as volunteering their time and engaging with their communities as part of The Big Help Out, which we are delighted to be a partner organisation for.”

King Charles III supporting Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign during a trip to India.