The Rotary Club serves the New Malden community through our Community Committee which, as its name suggests, deals with donations to local charities, churches and other good causes, volunteering on projects and participation in local events. The Committee also works closely with other local organisations such as the Residents Association and the local Korean Community, with the local Council on specific issues, and through engagement with bodies affecting local development. We also work with our colleagues on our Rotary Youth Committee to support local schools.
THE 2020/2021 YEAR
As for most organisations in the UK the past year has been an extraordinary one, with many of our usual activities, including fund raising, having to be curtailed because of COVID-19. Nevertheless, even with a much reduced budget, we have been able to make donations to local charities, including Kingston hospital; to local churches to support their Christmas efforts; and to local foodbanks for those needing help. And while Santa and his local fund raising had to be put on hold this year, we were at least able to ensure that our Christmas lights in the High Street were switched on as usual throughout the festive period and that there will be flower baskets in the High Street this summer.
PROJECTS AND CHARITIES SUPPORTED DURING THE 2020-2021 YEAR
This Rotary year, which runs from July to July, is still ongoing but the projects and charities we have been able to support so far include:
Kingston Hospital Charity
Placement of a defibrillator outside the New Malden Methodist Church
Princess Alice Hospice
Kingston Young Carers
Voices of Hope, Kingston
Antibiotic Research UK
New Malden Baptist Church Foodbank
Save the World Club
Churches Christmas lunches
Christmas lights (winter) New Malden High Street
Flower baskets (spring/summer) New Malden High Street