Fund Raising Activities

A description of what we have done to raise funds for charitable work and a list of charities supported. Sponsorship opportunities and previous recent sponsors.

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Race Night at Tyler Hill, 12th May 2018:

Race Night at Tyler Hill May 2018On Saturday 12th May, The Forest of Blean Rotary Club held a highly successful “Night at the Races” at Tyler Hill Village Hall. The Fund Raising event attracted well over a 100 eager punters who took part in a competition to see who could win the most fake money over 6 screened horse races. Each person was given an initial stake of $50 and by shrewdly betting on the 6 races they had to increase their overall sum. At the end of the evening The winner Valerie Pearce had accumulated over $440 and won a voucher to be spent at William Hill. Club President, Chris Jackson said “ it was really pleasing to see so many people take part and enjoy themselves. The atmosphere was incredible as the punters cheered home their respective horses”. Les Leslie, fundraising chair said, “ we raised an incredible 1500 pounds for our main 2 Charities, shelter box and hounds for heroes, with the final third going to local charities. I would like to thank all those who came along and supported the event and also all those who helped put the evening on”. Photo Gallery - Members only


Auction of Promises, 23rd February 2018:

Auction of Promises 2018Held every 3 years a range of superb and exciting promises are offered at our Auction of Promises fundraiser! This popular event usually takes place at Charlton Park in Bishopsbourne. Photo Gallery - Members only


Shelterbox & Health For All Quiz Night, Saturday 20th January 2018:

Puzzling and Pizza

An excellent quiz night supporting Shelterbox & Health for All.Photo Gallery - Members only


Barn Dance 2017Barn Dance 16th September 2017:

Our barn dance is held in Littlebourne Old Thatched Barn in September each year. Dancing is to the live country and western band Contraband who include an excellent caller who keeps us all active through the evening. Funds this year were for the Fynvola Foundation and other local charities. Pharon Independent Financial Advisors were the lead sponsor for the event this year. Photo Gallery - Members only


Canterbury Half Marathon 2017Canterbury Half Marathon Marshalling 28th August 2017:

Our barn dance is held in Littlebourne Old Thatched Barn in September each year. Dancing is to the live country and western band Contraband who include an excellent caller who keeps us all active through the evening. Funds this year were for the Fynvola Foundation and other local charities. Pharon Independent Financial Advisors were the lead sponsor for the event this year. Photo Gallery - Members only


Country Pursuits DayCountry Pursuits Challenge Day, Friday 5th May 2017:

A day of fun held at Greenfield's Shooting Ground, Sturry near Canterbury, in aid of RDA Riding for the Disabled Association and other local charities. Photo Gallery - Members only


Run and Ramble 2017Easter Monday Run and Ramble, Monday 17th April 2017:

A Charity Run and Ramble on Easter Monday from Canterbury to Chartham, in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Photo Gallery - Members only


You Win Again, Bee Gees Tribute, Sunday 9th April 2017:

An excellent sell out evening with The Story of the Bee Gees, at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. This incredible production featured the story of one of the greatest bands of our time, from their early triumphs to their devastating decline and on to their meteoric climb back to the top ... to become the multi-million selling Bee Gees - the super group we know and love today. Funds raised for the Alzheimer's Society. Photo Gallery - Members only


Cameo Opera, Friday 10th March 2017:

Cameo Opera 2017

Cameo Opera, well known for their intimate and innovative presentations of opera and musical theatre gave a fantastic performance at Charlton Park with their programme titled SHOWSTOPPERS.

Four singers introduced us to some of the most famous and larger than life characters as they performed favourites from Carmen, La Traviata, Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Madam Butterfly, The Magic Flute and memorable moments from My Fair LADY, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Les miserables and the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Photo Gallery - Members only


The London Welsh Male Voice Choir 17th January 2015:

London Welsh Choir Jan 2015The London Welsh Male Voice Choir performed in the stunning Canterbury Cathedral in aid of charities including “Hope for Tomorrow”.  The Choir’s concert programme included a selection of Welsh language favourites and popular music arrangements including pieces commemorating those who gave their lives in 1914/1918 and conflicts thereafter. Photo Gallery - Members only

The Choir performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games and recently performed with the Welsh Guards Band at the Tower of London at a commemorative event on the anniversary of the commencement of the “First World War”.  The Choir host and perform The Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall on when 850 choristers perform. (Photo: Richard Lea-Hair).


Charities supported through our Club fundraising activities:

Local and UK Charities:

  • Age UK Canterbury Concern
  • Alzheimer's Society
  • Army Benevolent Fund
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Canterbury Academy
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Catching Lives
  • Cumbria Flood Disaster
  • Dave Lee's Happy Holidays
  • Demelza House
  • Deso
  • Hi Kent
  • Hope For Tomorrow
  • Hounds For Heroes
  • Joy Lane School - Autistic Centre
  • Kent Association for the Blind
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Mercy Ships
  • MS Society
  • Odyssey Cancer Support
  • Pilgrims Hospice
  • Polio Plus
  • Porchlight
  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Shelter Box
  • St Nicholas School
  • Strode Park Foundation
  • Stroke Association
  • The Canterbury Umbrella Centre
  • The Starfish Project
  • Try Angle Awards
  • Umbrella Centre
  • Young Carers

International Charities:

  • Claypotts Trust Swaziland - School Project
  • Eradicate Polio Now
  • Health For All - India
  • Indian Rural Health Trust