Raising funds and the projects we support

These may be local, national and international.

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Fund raising is important in the work of any voluntary service organisation, and a good part of our efforts goes into fundraising for various good causes.   

Our major event, in the middle of May each year, is the organisation of a 10 mile road race, and 2 mile fun run, centred around Great Baddow. Due to COVID-19 the Races will be Virtual in 2021 over the weekend of 22-23 May.


This event has been held annually since 1986 and Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary has been organising it since 1991.  Mildmay is delighted that we are now partnering as organisers with Chelmsford Rivermead.

We are grateful to all our sponsors.

All the money raised goes to help support local charities.  

For more information go to the Great Baddow Charity Races. 

City of Chelmsford Mencap

City of Chelmsford Mencap is an independent local charity providing services for people with a learning disability across mid-Essex, ensuring they receive care and support to live life to the full.

Chelmsford Mencap transforms young people's lives and Chelmsford Mildmay Rotarians help by providing much needed transport to their weekly Gateway Club.  (Unfortunately, not during covid-19 restrictions.)

The Virtual Great Baddow Charity Races (22-23 May 2021) has made Chelmsford Mencap one of the charities to benefit and the monies raised will add much needed funds to this local charity,

Other local charities

We also support many other local charities in various ways, be it with financial help, physical help or publicity.

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own charity 

Throughout the world, Rotary Foundation funds improvements in health, supports education and helps to alleviate poverty. One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme. From a staggering 125 polio endemic countries in 1988, Rotary's efforts helped to reduced this to just three in 2015. In August 2020 the World Health Organisation’s African region was certified wild polio free. Polio is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan and so there's no letting up in efforts to rid the world of polio.
Chelmsford Mildmay supports various End Polio initiatives including planting purple crocuses at RHS Hyde Hall and Chelmsford Central Park. 

Through Rotary International we support a number of international projects. 

A major international project was providing equipment for schools in Tanzania. See Computers for Tanzania.