After a tough two years, Sunday 5th of June presents the perfect opportunity for communities to get out, come together and have the party they deserve!
The 2nd national Thank You Day sees Rotary join hundreds of other organisations such as the NHS, the Football Association and the National Lottery in throwing the country’s biggest ever thank you party to coincide with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The aim is for millions of people to get together with family, friends, and neighbours in our communities to say thank you to those who have helped us during the dark days of the pandemic whilst also celebrating the Queen’s 70 years of service.
That’s what the 5th of June will all be about – coming together, celebrating, having fun, saying thank you to the people around us and just taking that time to remember this momentous occasion.”
Last year, millions got together in a socially distanced environment to say thank you for all the help received during the pandemic and this year presents the opportunity to properly come together in celebration of those whose support we can’t do without.
General Secretary for Rotary Great Britain & Ireland, Amanda Watkin, said: “We’re so excited to once again be involved in celebrating Thank You Day. At Rotary we love making connections and making a difference, and Thank You Day is an amazing campaign which helps people do exactly that.”
Rotarian Lisa Hunter, who is a member of Maidenhead Bridge Rotary, appeared alongside documentary maker and previous Rotary collaborator Ross Kemp on BBC Breakfast on the announcement of Thank You Day to hammer home the importance of the project.
Lisa Hunter expressed her excitement for some of the projects lined up for Thank You Day, explaining: “Here in Windsor, we have volunteers who are organising a whole range of events, from concerts in St. George’s Chapel to music and cars from the 70 years of the Queen’s reign.
“That’s what the 5th of June will all be about – coming together, celebrating, having fun, saying thank you to the people around us and just taking that time to remember this momentous occasion.”
Kemp added: “There’s a lot of people out there that have suffered greatly over the last two years and we would ask people in the community to go around and check on those people, particularly people who may be feeling very lonely who may have lost loved ones, and try to encourage them to come out if they can and join in the celebrations.”
One of the ways Rotary clubs can easily get involved in Thank You Day is by taking part in The Big Jubilee Lunch.
The event started as The Big Lunch in 2009 and encouraged Britain to come together in the streets with their communities to share a meal and the event has grown in size with every year.
There is a chance to break attendance records this year with The Big Jubilee Lunch while sharing friendship, food and fun with your neighbours so make sure to download a free Big Jubilee Lunch pack and get an event organised!