Bob Shaw

At Meridian Rotary we put the FUN into Fundraising!

Every year we raise £000’s for our local community and international causes and also for other Rotary Charities.

Even during the past year with the Covid pandemic and all the restrictions Rotary Meridian has still managed to have fun and raise a considerable amount of money to support local and international charities and projects.

A fantastic success was our “Challenge” to complete 30 Marathons in 30 days. Every member of our Club got involved and we smashed the target and actually completed 82 marathons – a distance of over 2,132 miles. 

We always try to put fun into our fund raising and we hold various social events which include video race nights, concerts, murder mystery evenings, a charity golf day and our annual Christmas collections in the streets of East Grinstead and surrounding areas. We hope that just as soon as the pandemic is over that we will back organising great events for everyone’s enjoyment.

In the past our events have been varied and include:

Our Charity Golf Day and this year 2021 it will be at Sweetwoods Golf Club on Monday 4th October 2021. We are now into our 21st year of organising this great day for golfers of all abilities.

We have held concerts at Meridian Hall, Chequer Mead Art Centre and St Swithuns Church featuring music for all tastes.

Our Sunday lunchtime meals followed by great speakers are always popular and previously we have listened to the experiences of  Fergus Anckorn during his captivity in Singapore during the Second World War and also Nicholas Owen who shared his memories as a Royal correspondent. We already have some excellent speakers lined up for future events just as soon as we are able to stage them. 

We also give our time to collect on behalf of other charities such as Marie Curie and in the last 3 years we have collected over £2,000 which has provided over 100 hours of nursing care for the terminally ill in our local community.

At Christmas we organise the East Grinstead Town Christmas Tree and Lights appeal as well as the annual street collections with Father Christmas and his sleigh. We also deliver a Christmas gift to the lonely and needy of our town.

Over the recent past our fundraising has provided support to the following and many others:

·      East Grinstead Foodbank

·      Jigsaw

·      Bloomin Arts

·      Stone Quarry Crew

·      St Swithuns Restoration Trust

·      East Grinstead VIP Club

·      East Grinstead & District Mental Health

·      Lingfield Primary School

·      Halsford Park Primary School

·      Baldwins Hill Primary School

·      Dormansland Diamonds

·      and many others

Why not come and join in our many events either as a Rotarian, a helper or as a supporter and enjoy yourself.

Keep an eye on our web-site for regular updates.

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