Ro­tary helps to make a dif­fer­ence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotarycorner - By Janet Cooke - email: janet.4.cooke@bt­in­ter­net.com

Fol­low­ing the re­cent death of Ge­orge Michael we learned of his many ex­tra­or­di­nary acts of char­ity - in­clud­ing a gift of £15,000 to a woman for IVF af­ter he saw her on TV. He wanted to “Make a Dif­fer­ence” the self same be­lief ex­pressed by Ro­tar­i­ans across the world.

Stam­ford St Martins Ro­tary has run a Christ­mas Tree Ap­peal since 2001 and col­lected over 15,000 gifts for chil­dren aged birth to 16 years. They know Christ­mas can be a dif­fi­cult and stress­ful time for less for­tu­nate mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and like to make a dif­fer­ence where they can. This year over 1,000 presents were do­nated and mem­bers de­cided some should go to the Down’s Syn­drome Christ­mas party. Do­na­tions came from Sains­bury, Tesco, Thirdly School, Cummins, lo­cal beau­ti­cian and many more! In ad­di­tion to gifts pro­vided for the party men­tioned above oth­ers were given to Home Start and the Mother and Ba­bies unit at Peter­bor­ough Prison. The Christ­mas Tree Ap­peal is now an es­tab­lished ‘hap­pen­ing’ in and around Stam­ford. Ro­tar­i­ans, those who do­nate and those who re- ceive all have fun!

At Stephen­son Court older peo­ple en­joyed a Christ­mas din­ner cooked for them by mem­bers of Peter­bor­ough Or- tons Ro­tary Club – Ro­tar­i­ans giv­ing their time and culi­nary skills. Chefs at the Sal­va­tion Army pre­pared a de­li­cious lunch for mem­bers of the Peter­bor­ough Ro­tary Mem­ory Cafe. The Sal­va­tion Army gen­er­ously supplied the food at cost and it was funded from money raised from Fire­work Fi­esta. Over the fes­tive pe­riod Ro­tar­i­ans from St Ives helped with a num­ber of Christ­mas lunches and do­nated £1,050 towards their lo­cal se­nior club’s funds. Ro­tar­ian John Pil­beam com­mented: “Christ­mas is quite rightly a time of year when we fo­cus on the young­sters, but we be­lieve it is also im­por­tant not to miss out the more se­nior mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

Dur­ing De­cem­ber Santa sleighs raised money which will be given to char­i­ties and some used to sup­port im­por­tant Ro­tary projects. Well done to mem­bers of St Ives Ro­tary Club who raised over £9,000, Hunt­ing­don Cromwell who (to­gether with the Round Ta­ble) raised over £8,000 and Ram­sey who raised over £7,500. Deep­ings Ro­tary worked with The Lions and their Santa was out and about from De­cem­ber 1st to 23rd. Santa’s rounds have now fin­ished un­til next Christ­mas. All the clubs wish me to thank mem­bers of the pub­lic who gave so gen­er­ously. We will spend your money wisely.

One ex­am­ple – last year, money raised by St Ives helped sup­port Cambs Young Car­ers, Cruse Be­reave­ment, Acorn Can­cer Sup­port, The Heron Club and lo­cal schools. Fur­ther afield it pro­vided fund­ing for flood re­lief in Cum­bria, the Ro­tary End Po­lio Now Cam­paign, Shel­ter­box and sand dams. It al­lowed the club to run Young Mu­si­cian, Chef and Writer com­pe­ti­tions, char­ity quizzes etc.

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