Community Service/ Fun Walk Bonus 2016

Half as much again! - well actually more than that. Presentation of bonus cheques for 53% of the money raised by participants took place at Anisha Grange, Billericay, at the end of September

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Fun Walk Rewards – Our Share of the Pot

A sunny day in Billericay Town, or, at least, a sunny evening, as representatives of many local organisations met at Anisha Grange, the Hallmark Care Homes establishment near the Outwood Common estate.

Reason: On this day, September 30, 2016 local MP John Baron’s Billericay team chose to announce the size of the bonus pot for all the local organisations who took part in the Fun Walk.  The bonus pot is distributed amongst all the organisations which participated in the walk, in proportion to the money raised by each organisation.

Roger Kettle was our sponsored participant  and Peter Greene went along to collect our portion of the bonus pot (needless to say, he also enjoyed the company, the wine and the nibbles laid on for everyone).

In welcoming everyone, John Baron paid tribute to their efforts in raising money for charity.  It was another record year with over £110,000 raised by those taking part in the walk, ten per cent more than in 2015.

But the key differentiator of this event is the bonus pot.

  • How much was it?  Thanks to many local businesses, and businesses with local offices such as Swan Homes Hallmark, Care Homes, Abellio Greater Anglia, a large sum was raised. This meant that every participant organisation was awarded an extra 53%.
  • What does that mean to us?   Essentially, an extra £734 on top of the over £1,300 we already raised as sponsorship.  So an extra 53% of money available to donate to Charities supported by Rotary.
Conclusion: This event is well worth supporting. We must aim to raise even more next year when the event takes place on May 21, 2017.