Rotary Makes a Difference! Here are a few examples of projects in which our district is/has been involved both locally and internationally.
TV star Ade Adepitan sums up, in a few seconds, the important role Rotary has played in overcoming polio - a disease which he contracted in childhood.
Rotary Food Box Project - helping Beirut
When disaster strikes somewhere in the world, be it here in the UK such as in times of flooding, or in Lebanon after a horrendous explosion, Rotary will usually be found assisting in some way.
For example, after the incident in Beirut, our District Governor was able to talk directly to key figures in Rotary clubs there on the ground, and ascertain what was required (hospitals were in dire immediate need of rebuilding). Rotary clubs rallied round and clubs in our District 1200 organised fundraising events, sending the proceeds direct to the Rotary bank account there. No delays, no admin costs or expenses to cover - funding in its purest and most direct manner, delivered straight to the heart of the crisis. This is typical of Rotary in Action.
Rotary has been instrumental in assisting the Taunton East Development Trust in Halcon over the last three years through provision of the board of trustees, alongside volunteers, and using Rotarians' skill mix including strategy, risk management, finance, legal and project management to address specific needs of residents, be they legal, financial or around disability. In addition there has been provision of daily volunteers to manage enquiries at the Link Centre, and signpost people appropriately. Sustainability of the project is vital: Rotary's three year financial commitment and negotiations with key financial stakeholders help to underpin the charity’s future.
For more information visit: https://tauntoneastdt.org.uk/
Weston Rotary organise an annual dog show as a fundraiser for Rotary charities. They have successfully partnered with sponsors, Drive Vauxhall, Joyce Oliver Wealth Management and Travelbillity, to build this into what has quickly become a popular annual event in the town's calendar! Norma Johnston and Stewart Evans share their learning to help others, covering:
1. Why Rotary WSM decided to create this event and where we are three years on;2. What happens on the day - high points, pitfalls and patient dogs 3. Top tips for running such an event and how much money you might raise.
You'll leave this session brimming with advice and ideas, and possibly with the song, 'Who let the dogs out?' running through your mind...
Rotary Technology Tournament - Derek Phoenix, Crewkerne Rotary Club
Rachel Goodfellow, the founder of the trust, takes on annual physical challenges, organises a truly inclusive annual charity concert at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil and numerous other fun events throughout the year. She works with SEN students in schools and colleges, families in housing association homes, and runs a radio show. In the latter she interviews small local charities, seeing first hand what they do, who benefits, and what further support they require. From this she sets up networking events such as free lunches for the charities and those that they support.
Before January 2020, HNT worked under the Somerset Community Foundation [SCF], 10% of all monies raised going to SCF. However, as from this year, HNT is a charity in its own right...charity number 1187246
ALL funds raised go into the HNT pot and will be given out at the end of each financial year to those who apply for specific projects. [Specialist Schools or Units, Hubs, Opportunity Groups, Individuals, Families, Carers with associations with SEN children and young people].
District 1200 Ugandan Water Project
Help save lives by supporting us in our quest to install and refurbish water wells in Uganda. Key objectives are supply access to water and sanitation for all by sustainable utilisation and management of drinking water at community and household level.
A Rotary Club of Yeovale initiative.
How can you help?
Make a donation to Water Survival Box Ltd at:Water Survival Box Ltd Broadway House Third Avenue Westfield Industrial Estate Midsomer Norton Somerset BA3 4XDTel: +44 (0) 1761-409115
or by Bank Transfer to: CAF Bank, West Malling
Bank Code: 40-52-40 Account: Water Survival Box Ltd A/C No: 00020591
IBAN: GB16CAFB40524000020591 SWIFT: CAFBGB21XXX
The standard water survival box is designed for a family of five who have lost their homes and all their possessions following natural or man-made disaster.
1st priority is the water purification kit – to protect against water-borne disease.
● Boxes are packed with a set of new contents.● All boxes are identical. This speeds up the customs inspection process.● Water Survival Boxes are consigned to the local Rotary Club, local Red Cross Society, or handled by locally based representatives of international aid agencies.● We aim to get the boxes to survivors of disaster as soon as possible after the event to protect against water-borne disease.
Across the nation, Rotarians have stepped up to help at the vaccination clinics.
Click here to see some snippets of them volunteering - in all weathers - to support the NHS staff.
And read below how Brue Valley Rotarians have described the work:
"This week has seen many elderly and vulnerable people most at risk from COVID receiving their vaccinations at Wincanton Community Hospital. Their patience, good humour, resilience and relief that the end is possibly in sight was self-evident. In a quiet and understated way Brue Valley Rotarians have helped with marshalling, car parking, providing directions, sanitising (people and wheelchairs) and generally helping to ensure the process is as easy as possible for those attending. Sanitiser, face masks, gel and more serious PPE are available in abundance as are crisps, biscuits, coffee etc provided by Morrisons.
Saturday’s vaccine was the Pfizer one; today’s saw the Oxford – AstraZeneca featuring. The latter is a much quicker process as patients aren’t subject to the 15-minute observation required by the Pfizer one.
To be sure it’s tedious work and the shifts are long; somehow though it all seems worthwhile when Mr Joe Public says, “Thanks for doing this, you're doing a good job”. Shiver!
Many individual Rotary clubs create some innovative and fun events as part of their fundraising.
Classic car petrolheads - feast your eyes on Sherborne's classic car show!
A world where no family is without shelter after disaster.
ShelterBox began in 2000 as one Rotary Club’s millennium project. With the support of Rotary members and clubs around the world, ShelterBox grew to become an internationally recognised, independent disaster relief organisation. Since 2012, ShelterBox and Rotary have been official Project Partners in disaster relief. By working together, we are able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that we can support more communities in desperate need of shelter after disaster.