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Our Activity in 2019-20
The Club was once again able to donate funds for two Shelterboxes during the year (£1,180). We filled Shoeboxes for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme, with the boxes going to needy families in Eastern Europe. We funded a water purification unit which was installed in a school in north west Ghana through the Charity Ghana Outlook. We started a micoloan scheme through LendwithCare, providing loans to small businesses in developing countries. We continued to support international projects through contributions to the Rotary Foundation charity, including specific funds for Polio eradication. In early 2020 two of our members were able to do hands on work with the polio campaign by taking part in the National Immunisation Day campaign in Amritsar in India.
Our Activity in 2018-19
The Club was able to donate funds for two Shelterboxes during the year.(£1,180). We also collected monies for Rotary Foundation to assist projects across the world, including donations to the Polio Plus campaign aimed at eradicating polio across the world.(£1,463). After encountering a number of practical difficulties in transferring the money because of new rules that apply in India, we were pleased to be able to send £2,500 from the 2017 Indian Cultural Event to the SWAYAMSIDDH School to allow them to upgrade their swimming pool and install solar water heating.
Our Activity in 2017-18
This year we have been continuing our project to collect barcodes from packs of Yorkshire Tea in aid of the Wheelchair Foundation. All good things come to and end at some point, and it was with some sadness that we heard that Taylors were to end this scheme in aid of the Foundation at the end of 2017. Since the scheme has been running we have been able to collect barcodes and some cash donations that altogether have provided 17 wheelchairs to developing nations - particularly in Africa .
Our final collection raised the equivalent of £235 which was sufficient to buy three wheelchairs which will be going to Botswana.
Thanks must go in particular to a number of businesses in the town who have collected lots of barcodes from the catering packs used in their cafes, as well as to the many individuals who have enjoyed their Yorkshire Tea cuppas and collected at home.
Our Activity in 2016-17
In August we held a " Posh Puddings" event, which was a bit of fun and raised over £500 for The Wheelchair Foundation UK. During the year we also continued to collect Yorkshire Tea Bar Codes. By the end of the year our efforts have been able to fund 14 Wheelchairs through the scheme.
In October we organised a very succesful Kids Aloud Concert, involving local primary schools. This enabled the Club to send £4,100 to support two schemes in Nepal to help victims of the earthquakes that affected the region in 2015. These were a replacement Water Supply in one of the affected villages, and also support to a scheme to encourage the farming of goats in one of the affected valleys.
In April 2017 we organised another Indian Cultural Event which raised further funds for the SWAYAMSIDDH School in Aurangabad.
During the year members of the Club were pleased to be able to visit the school as part of a trip to India. With the help of a District Grant of £1,000, the Club was able to make it's first donation to the School of £3,128 to pay for the cost of installing some solar panels. These were needed because of the frequent electricity supply failures on the campus, and will provide power for their essential equipment. As well as the panels, the grant has paid for the necessary infrastructure, and the battery backed inverters. The scheme was completed in June 2017.
Our Activity in 2015-16
Our main initiative in 2015-16 was to raise funds for a charity - The Wheelchair Foundation UK - that provides wheelchairs to disabled children and adults in a number of countries worldwide. We are doing this by supporting a scheme being run in conjunction with Taylors of Harrogate where they exchange the barcodes collected from packets of their Yorkshire Tea brand for funding to the Charity. As well as members collecting their own barcodes at home and from friends and family, we are pleased that a number of businesses in the town that run cafes using Yorkshire Tea have been happy to support the collection.
Further information about the charity can be found at:
Our initial collection, together with a cash donation from the Club has meant that 3 wheelchairs have been purchased for the scheme. Our collection is ongoing. If you would like to assist us in the project please contact Sue Adsett, through the website link on this page, to arrange for the handover of your barcodes. So get drinking, and remember to save the barcode!
We were happy to welcome Rotarian Milton Frary, who runs the charity, to one of our meetings in March 2016, at which we learnt more about the charity, were able to see one of the wheelchairs of the type made especially for the scheme, and more importantly hand over a large bag of bar-codes which went a long way to meeting the initial target of 2 wheelchairs. We made up the balance from other fundraising monies.
In September 2015 we showcased the project by setting up a stall at the talk by Jay Rayner at the Forum.
Our Activities in Previous Years
Please read the related pages on the website for full details of our recent initiatives.
Most recently, in 2014-15, we ran two successful fundraisers.
The first on a Eurovision theme raised money for a charity in Moldova supporting vulnerable young people.