Rotary is about Communities. These are local, national and international. Wherever there is a need, Rotary is there, whether it is a disaster such as the Tsunami or the awful storm in the Philippines, or the earthquake in Nepal,  rotary will be there in some form to help. Locally we help a large number of Charities and individuals who are in great need. How is this all achieved? We fundraise.The idea that Rotary is all about collecting in the High Street or outside a supermarket is far from the truth. We do this but it is a very small part of our fundraising efforts. It might be an idea to see some of our fundraising efforts this Rotary year.

Static Bikeathon

The first fundraising competition of the year was the static cycle riding competitions where teams of eight were pitted against each other and were sponsored by friends and family as well as work mates and all who could be pressganged into helping. The magnificent sum of £3500 was raised which was a great way to start the Rotary Year and begin to be able to support others who are in great need.

Fish & Chip Supper & Quiz

The club had an evening of fun and fellowship in October when we held a Fish and Chip evening for club members and their guests. As well as the food there was a competion in the form of a quiz and a raffle raised around a thousand pounds for our charity donations. Now in November  plans are taking shape for a  set of projects which will be developed for the forthcoming year.

There will be some of the old favourites too.

Annual Boxing Evening & Charity Auction 

On February Friday 26th there was another evening of Boxing with dinner and a auction in aid of our charities.   Surrey Dolphins have been named as the main local benefactor. There are usually two local charities and one international one. 

We are indebted to Spicer Haart for their very generous sponsorship of the 2016 evening. This was the 39th consecutive year this has taken place and an important date in the social and sporting calendar. Yet again this was a special evening with nine bouts between the South of England and a Select Irish Team and included a junior bout,senior bouts and a women's bout. This was an evening to remember for the quality of the boxing. This special event was one not to be missed. 

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Annual Concert by Local Schools

On March 17th there was a concert at GLive given by children attending schools in the area. In 2014 and 2015 this was a huge success and we are building on this in many ways. 2016 was as even bigger success. Guildford District Rotary Club is keen to further the interests of young people in as many ways as we are able. We already go to two large schools where we give those approaching their final years at school and idea of how to conduct a job interview or one to obtain a place at Univeristy. Leadership skills are encouraged and suitable youngsters are supported to go to a RYLA camp which most find extremely rewarding and help their leadership skills and make friends that will last in some cases for life. Together with the Mayor and her team efforts are being made to engage with industry locally to give pupils in their final years at school real work experience that really gives them a view of what life after school is all about. In addition to this there are many National competions such as Young Chef, Young Speaker, young writer and many more. These we encourage our youngsters to enter and broaden their horizens learning new skills.

Annual Charity Walk

Sunday May 15th 2016 is the date for the Charity Walk where Charities can get their supporters into action and raise money. There are no charges made by us and your organisation keeps all the money you raise. Some of the smaller organisations exist for the entire year on the money they raise at the walk.

Spring will be upon us and the weather beginning to warm up and the great outdoors will be more inviting. What could be nicer than a good walk through our lovely local countryside enjoying the company of friends or if you are a loner your dog. Dogs are welcome and children especially so. Cub and Scout Groups have been very prominent in the past as have schools and PTA raising money for their projects. May is not the time to laze in bed on a Sunday morning, it is time to get up and get going and really achieve something for your local charity or club. Get that piece of equipment you have been dreaming about all winter or just get to know fellow members of your group better. Make a day of it - go for a walk and then have a hearty pub lunch at one of the many excellent hostelries we are fortunate to have. We look forward to seeing you in May.

There are other projects which are still at the planning stage.

For more details and aMap and Registration forms Click HERE

Collaboration with other Guildford Rotary Clubs

What have we done with regard to the eartquake in Nepal?  First of all we sent £1000 to Shelterbox to get some immediate relief where it was needed. This organisation produces a box in which there is a sturdy tent, cooking utensils, water purification material and a stove to cook with. This first donation came from club funds.

This was an oportunity for the three Rotary Clubs in Guildford to get together and raise some money. A street collection was arranged rapidly and all three club participated and together with one or two businesses who took collecting tins we were able to send a further £1500 for the rebuilding process.

Now we are into the most important phase. So much will need to be done to establish a new Nepal. There will need to be huge efforts with regard to the infrastructure and new homes for larger numbers of people. Shahid a member of the club and a local businessman held a dinner in Woking for the local business people. Some of our members attended and the club gave a further £1000 towards the funds for redevelopment. Fundraising will continue.

The other disaster to hit parts of Africa and in particular Sierra Leone was Ebola. This is an extremely contagious virus disease which spreads by bodily fluid contact. Some will no doubt remember that not only were the local population dying at a great rate this was all compouded by the fact that fear of the condition led to people hiding the fact that they were desparately ill and not seaking advice. So contagious was the condition that even when strict measure were taken to avoid contact two British nurses contracted the disease ad were treated with a new and experimenta vacine which may hold promise for the future. Thankfully the disease is slowly coming under control and most countries are now in the last stages of being declared free of Ebola for which we can all be extremely grateful. This emergency medical situation called for money and the street collection came back to the fore.

In addition to emergency medical conditions the battle against Polio continues. It is only 40 years ago that there were aircraft hanger size wards full of iron lungs and a huge number of children who recovered from the first ravages of the disease had to wear leg irons for the rest of their lives. This is again a viral disease but one for which there is an excellent vaccine. The problem here is getting the vaccine to the children of the entire world. Many governments together with Rotary which is a world wide organisation and the fantastically genous Bill Gates and his wife of microsoft fame have worked tirelessly to eradicate the disease and slowly we are winning. There are at the present time only two countries where Polio has been diagnosed in the last year. Those countries are Pakistan and Afghanistan. Regretably the Taliban rumoured that the vaccine was a way of making the boys sterile and tried to stop vaccination. Slowly however common sense is prevailing and the battle slowly being won. Until the world has been free of the disease for some time we cannot stop or it could all return quite quickly.

Watch this space for further news and hear how we are able to help both locally and abroad.


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We meet on Wednesdays at 12.30 for 12.45 (Please keep an eye on this site for any variations) The Club House of Guildford Golf Club, High Path Road, Merrow, Guildford. GU1 2HL
The Breakfast Group meet on the second Thursday in the month at Bill's in the crypt at Angel Hotel, High Street. Guildford, Surrey. GU1 at 7.45 for 8.00. tel: Golf Club 01483 563941

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