Rotary members share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world. Read this week’s success stories from across Great Britain and Ireland…
Manningtree Stour Valley Rotary support women in Africa
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Rotary members from Manningtree have been supporting Against Breast Cancer in their bra recycling campaign.
The charity has opened bra banks across the country which are donated to businesses in Africa, with funds pioneering breast cancer research.
For every tonne collected, Against Breast Cancer receives £600 to fund research.
So far, the club has collected 29 sacks after taking the matter to the community and local magazines.
This total has excelled the expectation of filling 20 bags, benefitting women across the world.
A record number of 600 participants took place in this year’s Caterham Rotary Half Marathon & 10K run.
80 Rotary volunteers covered the route manning water tables as well as handing out bananas to all taking part.
Monica Clarke, Hospital Director of North Downs Hospital, who presented the prizes, commented: “North Downs Hospital is delighted and proud to again be the main sponsor of the Caterham Rotary Half Marathon.
“It was fantastic to see an increase in numbers from the previous year. The runners brought the sunshine with them and the feedback from participants was that they loved the route.
“We very much look forward to continuing our association with this event in years to come and offering physio, sports injury and orthopaedic services to runners.”
Two new records were set, with James Connor scooping first place in the half marathon in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 55 seconds, and John Herbert winning the 10K in 33 minutes 11 seconds.
Organiser, Richard York, said: “More runners over two distances with more supporters enjoying a pleasant morning and loving every minute describes the Caterham Rotary event perfectly.
“We were delighted that the new Air Ambulance helicopter was able to visit us for purely social purposes.”
City of Hereford and Barry Rotary raise a quacking amount!
The annual duck race has been a tradition of City of Hereford Rotary for many years, and this year the club raised a staggering figure of £8,382.
Hundreds of ducks were cast into the river, which were later collected by volunteers after the first place winning duck was announced.
Immediate Past Club President Rob Soutar said, “We are delighted to have raised so much for our local and international charities, especially as, this year, the duck race was a stand-alone event.
“We are grateful to everyone who bought a ticket or sponsored a business duck and we want to thank everyone who came along and supported us on the day.
“We shall look forward to raising more funds for our charities in 2020.”
— Hereford Rotary (@HerefordRotary) May 11, 2019
2,400 ducks set sail on Saturday 20th July in Barry along a specially created lane in the Knap Gardens.
Alun Hugh Cairns, MP for the Vale of Glamorgan & Secretary of State for Wales, started the 2019 race.
He said: “It was a privilege to start the duck race this year. I want to say thank you to everyone who played a role in organising the event, the Rotary club did a fantastic job again.”
A range of free entertainment engaged the community, and donations have excelled the £3,000 mark.
1st – Duck number 1635 [Jack] sponsored by Archie Merlini
2nd – Duck number 1125 [Quack] sponsored by Harrison Davies
3rd – Duck number 109 [Joyce] sponsored by Griff’s Garage