Giv­ing .... the true gift of Ro­tary

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ROTARY CORNER - By Janet Cooke - email: [email protected]­in­ter­

With Christ­mas ap­proach­ing, mem­bers from the St Ives club have been work­ing on their Ro­tary Shoe­box Ap­peal.

2018 has pro­duced a record num­ber of Christ­mas Shoe­boxes to be sent to Moldova. Or­gan­iser Jackie Cox com­mented on this ter­rific ef­fort: “A big thank you to all who helped pro­duce such a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to this year’s Christ­mas Shoe­box Ap­peal.

“In ex­cess of 150 boxes have been do­nated by Hem­ing­ford WI, Thorn­down Pri­mary School, St Ivo School 6th form and Ro­tary/In­ner Wheel mem­bers. Spe­cial men- tion must go to Ruth Moore and her grand­daugh­ter, who spent a lot of hours and ef­fort pro­duc­ing 17 (sev­en­teen!) beau­ti­fully-dec­o­rated boxes – amaz­ing!”

All the boxes are on their way to Moldova, one of Europe’s poor­est coun­tries, where we hope they will bring some com­fort and cheer in the fes­tive sea­son. The suc­cess of this scheme has de­pended on the gen­eros­ity of many, in­clud­ing Ro­tary stal­warts Moira Pen­ney and Adrian Ac­ton. They drove their laden cars to Bris­tol for the han­dover with their con­tact who will despatch the load to Eastern Europe.

As an early Christ­mas gift to mem­bers of Cro­cus Cafe, Ro­tar­ian Jill Thomas or­gan­ised a coach trip to Lon­don. For peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia and their car­ers this was a care­free and stim­u­lat­ing out­ing.

Deep­ings Ro­tary club mem­bers kindly do­nated £180 to­wards the cost of the coach mean­ing, with a lit­tle help from Cro­cus Cafe funds, each par­tic­i­pant paid just £10. The coach dropped every­one right out­side the doors of St Paul’s, Knights­bridge in time for an af­ter­noon con­cert. Tenor Do­minic and bass- bari­tone Bradley sang ac­com­pa­nied by John play­ing the grand pi­ano. This won­der­ful en­ter­tain­ment ended with an au­di­ence sin­ga­long greatly en­joyed by all. A de­li­cious af­ter­noon tea, pro­vided by vol­un­teer stew­ard Caro­line and her helpers, was served with plenty of tasty sand­wiches and a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of cakes. Ro­tary ex­tends a huge thank you to every­one at the church, and the artistes, for of­fer­ing this first class con­cert and re­fresh­ments to­tally free of charge. The day got even bet­ter when it ended with a tour of the city by night, a chance to see the sights and en­joy the fab­u­lous Lon­don Christ­mas lights.

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