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Community and Vocational Services Committee Report December 2017/18

We are mid-way through this Rotary year’s programme. The projects and events we are involved with are:-

1. Stroke Awareness Day in April 2018 at Boots in Peascod Street. Each year we test approximately 150 people with the assistance of the Red Cross.

2. OAP Christmas shopping at Squires Garden Centre on 28th November at Squires Garden Centre.

3. The Observer Christmas Appeal.

We have so far this year donated £1747.91 to six local charities and organisations including The  Windsor Festival, People to Places, Thames Valley Hospice and Kids Cancer Charity (formerly Christian Lewis Trust)

We are currently considering donations to Marie Curie, Royal British legion ‘Lest we forget’ signs, St Vincent de Paul Society to feed the Windsor homeless, the Spencer Denney Centre, the Windsor Old Peoples Welfare Association and the Windsor Foodbank.

In the last Rotary year, we gave 22 separate donations of just under £4000. The emphasis was on local organisations and projects which would benefit local people eg the supply of defibrillators around the area.

Fund Raising 2017/18

The big event of the Rotary year is the Annual Fayre and Duck Race held in June each year at Alexandra Gardens.

The Fayre changed its format slightly last year by encouraging more food stalls and providing entertainment using the new bandstand. Although no big names this year a variety of musical acts performed and were well received and provided entertainment throughout the event.

Rotary try to encourage as many local charities as possible to have a stall at the Fayre and make no charge for the stall. A variety of stalls were present.

A large crowd turnout to spend money on the stalls and very much enjoyed the fair rides.

The Duck Race took place on a back water of the Thames with 40 business Ducks and over a 1000 family ducks entered the river from the bridge which was a great sight.

The fayre made a profit of £4,200 and the duck Race £3,800, 50% of the Duck profit goes towards the Windsor and Eton Christmas lights with the reminder going to Rotary charities.

We are very grateful for all our sponsors and everybody who supports the Fayre and Duck Race.

This year our annual Christmas Collection in King Edward Court was taken over by Windsor Mencap who had a good collection on the day.

Youth Opportunities 2017/18

One of the aims of the Youth Opportunities Committee this year is to try to encourage local schools to work with us to use member’s skills and look at projects we can get involved in. already we have made contact with Queen Anne School and the committee are looking at a few projects at the School.

It is hoped Interact at Windsor Girls School will start again in the very near future.

We had a poor response from Schools for teams to enter our Youth Speak competition this year and we are hoping that the teams we do have will be able to join in the Slough or Ascot competitions.

Windsor and Eton Rotary Club would encourage anybody with ideas relating to Youth to contact them.

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