The years 2020 and 2021 have been difficult for everyone, and we couldn’t have got through it without each other.
Whether it’s the neighbours for checking we were okay, the delivery drivers who kept food on the shelves, the volunteers who are standing alongside health workings in the vaccine rollout, or the children for learning from home – we’ve all got somebody to say “thank you” to.
We are so excited to join in the national Thank You Day on Sunday 4th July this year, alongside some amazing organisations including the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service and the Scouts, as well as celebrity backers such as Michael Sheen, Tim Peake and Bear Grylls.
We’ll be saying thank you to our incredible Rotary members. Right across Great Britain and Ireland, they’ve been doing what they do best – helping those in need in the communities they call home.
Since before the first lockdown in March 2020, Rotary members were among the first to respond, helping provide support to the elderly, vulnerable and isolating.
As the pandemic continued, so did the vital assistance of Rotary members, with hundreds and thousands of activities taking place nationwide, from stocking foodbanks, to providing laptops for children learning from home.
With so many people to thank, after such a hard year for many, a ‘Thank You Day’ is the perfect opportunity to bring communities, family and friends together.”
Most recently, they have been volunteering at clinics and health centres with the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
In fact, Thank You Day was the brilliant idea of Rotary member Sandra, McCabe from Northern Ireland. And she joined 12 other original proposers from a host of other organisations in calling for Thank You Day to take place.
Sandra said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received both on a personal level and as a business owner from Rotarians, family, friends, colleagues, and customers.
“With so many people to thank, after such a hard year for many, a ‘Thank You Day’ is the perfect opportunity to bring communities, family and friends together.”
There isn’t a strict plan for the day (the idea is to say thank you however you want!) but people are already organising lots of activities which we can all join in with and support.