We are a friendly and an active club, supporting many charities and we have a range of social activities. Each week we meet for lunch and regularly have interesting speakers. We have around 40 members and welcome enquiries from prospective new members who would like to work with us towards our goal of improving our community locally, nationally and internationally.
And now, here are some of our recent social and charitable activities -
Dorset walking holiday
This summer members and partners enjoyed a visit to West Lulworth Cove for a walking holiday. There was a choice of easy or more demanding walks, so we were all catered for.
We visited Weymouth, Durdle Door and other local places of interest.
The lovely sunny weather lasted all week and everybody benefited from the good company.
Collecting for childrens' charities
The picture shows Rotarians collecting at the Beckenham Christmas Market
Every Christmas we tour the neighbourhood with Santa and his sleigh collecting for several local childrens' charities. In 2014 we collected over £11,000 which was donated this year to Demelza, CASPA, Bromley Young Carers, Burgess Autistc Trust, Amaze Penge, 9th West Wickham Scouts and many more.
In 2014 the incoming President chose the Alzheimers and Dementia charities. We were asked to fund and to assemble a potting shed for MindCare Bromley. In thanking us at the opening ceremony, MIndCare said "The shed is already popular with our 150 clients. We think it is important that clients engage in everyday activities to maintain their living skills... and experience a sense of achievement from their work in the shed."
This year the club was selected to enter a team for the Eggheads quiz show on BBC2. If we had won, the prize money would have gone to charity.
The show was screened in January 2016, but alas for those familiar with the show and despite a spirited effort, the result was predictable.
British Legion Poppy Appeal
We organise the collection in the Beckenham area. This includes filling and distibuting the poppy trays, together with money boxes, to our supporters, retrieving them after 11 November, and counting and banking the contibutions. Last year we collected over £29,000 from the generous people of Beckenham.
In addition we raised further funds at our unofficial Poppy walk in the summer, a circular walk and quiz through little known parts of Central London.
We support several charities in Africa. This picture shows the Gumboot Dance being performed by children at the Butterfly Project (RSA).
Other charities supported include Bizweni Centre (RSA), Laissez l’Afrique Vivre (DRC) and Tools for Self Reliance (throughout Equatorial Africa).
ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
In the past 12 months we have funded boxes for both natural and for man made disasters throughout the world
End Polio Now
Rotary International is one of the driving forces in the campaign to eradicate poliomyelitis and has donated nearly $1 billion towards this.
In 2013 one of our members raised £2,700 in sponsorship, by participating in the Copenhagen Inline Marathon (26 miles in the rain!). He's on the right waving!
Polio is no longer endemic except in Pakistan and Afganistan
Worldwide there are about 1.2 million Rotarian members in 34,000 clubs in 160 countries. People join Rotary to "give back" to their communities and to connect with like-minded leaders and friends. Together, we empower youth, improve health, promote peace and advance our communities throughout the world.
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The Parklangley Club
44a Wickham Way
BR3 3AF tel: 020 8658 9028