In his New Year Message to all members and supporters of Christchurch Rotary Club, President Chris McClaverty said:
“What a year! What achievements! What a Club!
“This has been a year like no other for many charities and organisations in our community - and for Christchurch Rotary Club celebrating its 70th Anniversary, an unprecedented one too.
“In the first month of the lockdown between March and April, we can be proud that our Club donated £23,000 to local charities and organisations including £7,600 to Christchurch Food Bank, £5,000 to Autism Wessex, £2,000 to Christchurch Community Partnership.
“Who could forget the joy on the faces of the Nurses and Staff of Bournemouth Hospital as they made use of the Gazebo that Christchurch Rotary Club had donated – providing a designated outdoor area where they could take a break from the stress and pressures of looking after patients with coronavirus?
“Christchurch Rotary Club has done many good things in 2020 and has made a big contribution to helping those in greatest need in our community despite the many challenges that we faced.
“Like other charities we had to cancel several fundraising events during the year. In particular, we had to cancel our biggest fundraiser, our Bonfire and Fireworks spectacular, for the second year in a row. This sadly would have meant that we had less money to help those in need in the coming year. However, instead, we raised £9000 through Crowdfunding thanks to the generosity of the people of Christchurch, local businesses, and The Primrose Trust. This has replenished our coffers as we go forward to 2021. We so appreciate the generosity of all who contributed.
“We look forward with quiet optimism to the coming year which will continue to bring challenges that are unknown at this time.
“Christchurch Rotary Club and its Members will continue to be out there supporting our community in whatever way we can, as we have done for the past seventy years.
“I would like to wish Our Members, Our Supporters, Our Partners and the people of Christchurch, a Very Happy, Safe and Peaceful New Year.”
Chris McClaverty. President, Christchurch Rotary Club
ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020
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