The Great Get Together
Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland is proud and excited to be helping organise The Great Get Together, a weekend of community celebrations planned for 16th to 18th June in honour of Jo Cox.
About Jo Cox
Jo Cox was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen. Last June, the mother of two was murdered by Thomas Mair in a brutal attack as Jo arrived at her surgery.
Her family are determined to honour her life by encouraging everyone to build closer ties with their friends, families and neighbours and so the Great Get Together has been launched for the weekend of the 16th to 18th of June.
Rotary’s support is greatly appreciated by Brendan Cox, Jo’s husband, who, in a phone call with President Eve Conway said that Rotary meant a lot to Jo having supported her, when she was younger, to go to Borneo. Brendan said that: “Rotary for me means two things, the connection that Jo had through her adult life to Rotary who gave her the opportunity for her trip to Borneo to work on conservation and rural development and community infrastructure, which would not have been possible without Rotary, Jo being from a working class background in Batley. This had a big impact on her and was formative in her life.
“Also, Rotary for me epitomises the organisations who are working to bring communities closer together. We need to celebrate all things great about living in our country and it’s time for stronger bonds and bringing communities together and we have to work at that and one of the organisations doing that is Rotary.”
What are we doing?
Rotary clubs and districts are coming together to organise community events which will bring people together for friendship and remind us that we are stronger together. If you are a member of the public and have an idea for a Great Get Together, contact your local Rotary and watch your idea come to life. These events can be any size and any type. A street party with hundreds of people, a quiet barbecue with a neighbour or even a cup of tea with a friend. Once your idea is created, it would really help if you would tell the Great Get Together by signing up on the Great Get Together website.
Rotarians, please also tell your District Community and District PR Officers who can support you and also share your news. Details of your events will appear on this web page which will help connect Rotarians and the public to join in together.
1. Talk with your clubs and decide if you would like to take part.
2. Sign up here on the Great Get Together website.
3. Inform your district community and district PR officers who can then tell the rest of your district and the Rotary Support Centre.
4. Create your event.
Help Rotary to help communities by supporting The Great Get Together.
Download your posters and invites
The following invitation and poster are for you to download and use to advertise your event. Both items carry the Rotary logo so nobody will be in any doubt who is organising your Great Get Together. Make sure you share your news with your district and RIBI.