A Brief History
Back in 1984, when those 25 local men pledged to adopt Rotary's theme "Service Above Self" and adhere to the 4-Way Test in their daily lives, I can't imagine that any of them appreciated the potential of the new Club. Looking back, the Rotary Club of Limavady can be proud of many wonderful achievements within its local community and further afield, both nationally and internationally.
Activity in the first years centred mainly on fundraising for established charities. £2,000 raised at the mid-summer ball in 1986 benefitted the asthma clinic in Altnegelvin Hospital, £3,500 raised in an "Auction of Promises" in 1992 was donated to Save the Children, £1,500 raised at an event in The Water Margin was in aid of Polio Eradication, just a few that spring to mind.
Each February, for the past 20 years, the Club has organised a Charity Breakfast to fund international projects. Over £40,000 has been allocated to a whole menu of humanitarian projects; water wells in India, Shelterbox, Sand Dams in Africa, Mercy Ships, Wheelchair International, Bikes for Africa, school desks in Papua New Guinea, school refurbishment in Malawi
For over 25 years, each December, Club members shake the tin in our annual street collection and, as a result, approximately £1,000 per annum is donated to local charities; Foyle Hospice, LCDI, Chest Heart & Stroke & Samaritans to name a few.
Since 2011, The Tree of Remembrance has been another very successful fundraiser in aid of St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army.
But fundraising and financial support for charities is only part of the story.
The Rotary Club of Limavady has:
- Sponsored an Ambassadorial scholar
- Participated in the District Youth Leadership Competition each year.
- Pledged financial support for two orphaned African children:one in Kenya, one in South Africa until their 18th birthdays
- Sponsored two Probus clubs
- Sponsored two Interact Clubs
- Sponsored 8 x District officers
- Been a leading supporter of the Rotary Foundation within Ireland
But perhaps most important of all, The Rotary Club of Limavady has provided its members with a vehicle by which they can realise their service ambitions.