Charity Cheque Presentation

Wed 24th June 2015 at 19.00 - 22.00

Charities supported in 2014/2015 were presented with cheques following the Rotary of Club of Thame's fundraising work.

The event took place at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Thame. Just over £7,000 were donated to charity in 2014-2015.

The major charities supported in 2014/2015 include:

- Thame Skatepark Project

- Thame SAFARI

- TCC2 - Thame Children Choir

- Cuttle Brook Conservation.

The following causes also received charitable donations: The Footsteps Foundation, Shelterbox's Vanuatu Appeal, Barley Hill School PTFA, Friends of Thame & District Citizens Advice Bureau, Friends of OSCAR, and APAE - joint international project with the Rotary Club of Blumenau Oeste (Brazil).

Photos: Ross Dike.



The Rotary Club of Thame is grateful to the local communities of Thame and neighbouring villages for their support with the fundraising during events like the Thame Swimathon, Thame Art Show and Charity Film Evening. 

TCC2 - Thame Children's Choir
 
Thame Children's Choir (TCC2) are extremely grateful for the very generous donation by the Rotary Club of Thame. They hope it will enable them to expand their activities in the coming season, giving the children the chance to: perform in new places such as the Player's Theatre; to learn with inspirational guest tutors; and to continue providing bursaries for children who would otherwise not be able to join this thriving, high-quality children's choir.
 
Thame Skate Park Project
 
Thame Rotary’s donation money will go directly towards the cost of the new Skatepark.
 
The new skatepark is going to be constructed from 'free-form' concrete which will not only provide a better surface for wheel-based sports, but will also reduce noise, maintenance, and should last upwards of 50 years (at least five times longer than our current skatepark). It will include the provision for lighting. The new design has been produced by a company called Wheelscape (who are one of the best skatepark builders in the country) and it incorporates many unique features which will cater for users of all ages and all abilities.  In fact the Skatepark steering group members are so pleased with the new design, that they believe that Thame will become a new 'destination skatepark' with many people traveling in from the surrounding counties to come and use it.
 
The existing skatepark has been in Thame for the last 12 years or so, and in that time it really has created a sense of community for many local residents, be it young or old, boy or girl. It really has become more to people than just a public park area. By helping the Skatepark Project to build the new skatepark Rotary really has contributed to ensuing this vital community amenity remains in place not only for the existing users, but for the generations to come.

 
Cuttle Brook Conservation Volunteers
 
It has not been decided yet as to how the Rotary Club's donation will be used as there are a number of options for this volunteer group.  They are hoping to purchase camera traps for wildlife monitoring, a detector for surveying moths and bats, a microscope and equipment to carry out a hydrological survey of the area. Important - as Cuttle Brook is part of the flood plain in the area of Thame.

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