Sunday September 12th saw almost 200 walkers, representing some 19 local charities and support groups, take on the four-mile Rotawalk round Holmwood Common, Dorking.
Charities everywhere, both large and small, are struggling for funds as it has been impossible to hold their usual fundraising activities over the last year and a half.
Charities taking part ranged from PSDS and Sight for Surrey to more local organisations such as Patchworking Gardening and the Dorking Children’s Nursery.”
Rotary in Dorking came up with a solution: organizing, promoting and staging an event and inviting charities large and small to take part.
Each charity got its own supporters and volunteers to walk, each walker seeking their own sponsorship, and with the key being that all sponsorship money raised goes direct into that charity’s own funds.
Charities taking part ranged from PSDS and Sight for Surrey to more local organisations such as Patchworking Gardening and the Dorking Children’s Nursery.
As they were visiting well-known places of interest around Surrey, everyone had a quiz they could take part in and the Mother and daughter duo who got every question right won a £25 prize to share.
It was a glorious day for walking and those taking part were rewarded for their efforts with some amazing cake provided by two local WI groups.
At the two check-out points where Rotary donation buckets were stationed and with some other donations, around £350 was collected for Rotary charities.
Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and the event stands as an example of what a Rotary club can achieve when they put their heads together with the local community.