The charities supported by the club in 2019
The Rotary Club of Axminster helps charities by giving donations to their causes. Members also give their time in order to raise the money for those donations or to help other organisations in their efforts to raise much-needed money.
The motto of Rotary International, “Service above Self” indicates that Rotarians are in the organisation to work to help others who are in difficult situations.
Each Rotary Club tries to give practical or financial
service to a wide range of needy causes ranging from its local community to projects in other parts of the World.
These projects may range from giving assistance to
individuals up to huge projects helping many thousands.
Each club has two aspects; social and charitable. The
Rotary Club of Axminster is no exception to this
The social side is based on friendly meetings and social
events. These have two purposes; enjoyment and better understanding of each other. In turn, this helps to form the teamwork needed for the charitable work
The charity work consists of giving help to those in
difficult circumstances whether international or local.
The work of the Rotary Club of Axminster has an
international aspect but the Club’s main objective is to
give help to the local community.
The actions best known to the Axminster community are the collections at the TESCO store whenever there is a major disaster in another part of the World.
TESCO is usually most helpful on these occasions. Two
such disasters occurred in the past year. One was severe flooding in Mozambique and the other, a hurricane that did enormous damage in the Bahamas.
The public responses helped the Club to send
Shelterboxes to help the affected areas. £1,250
(See the Shelterbox article)
The club is most grateful for the generosity of the
Axminster community on these occasions.
Other International projects that the club supports are:-
PolioPlus,the Rotary International led project to eliminate the dreadful disease of polio from the World.
(See Purple for Polio article}
Shelterbox, is often aided after TESCO collections
(See Shelterbox article).
Sand-Dams, which is a project designed to supply water to people in arid regions £300 (See Sand-Dams article).
Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF). The club gave a large part of its share of the profits from its Annual Golf Day in 2019 £1,000 (See Article on Donation to ELF).
Africa (TESCO) collection following floods early in the
Each year the Club considers the voluntary work of local people who are assisting others in the community or helping the youth of the town and selects the most
hardworking for awards. The awards are in the form of
cups each with cheques valued at £200. The cheque is
made out to a charity selected by the winner.
(See Les Knight and Bill Knapman Awards)
The Rotary Club is aware of the important work of the
Axminster United Charities and has been able to assist
with a donation of £400.
The Flamingo Pool has been supported by the Club since
its inception. A further donation of £500 was donated
The local Lip Reading Service is a charity that helps
people who are hard of hearing by teaching the skill of
reading the lips of others in conversations or on TV.
Although this service meets in Honiton, it serves
Axminster. The Club has supported the Service for a
number of years has provided another £100 towards
rental of a room in 2019-20
Axminster Football Club has an enormous youth
membership. A donation of £200 has been given to
help it to purchase suitable equipment for those
youngsters because it is much needed and most
expensive (See Football Club article).
The new Hospice Care at Home Service for Axminster.
The Rotary Club of Axminster isaware of the importance of this new service provided by the League of Friends of Axminster Hospital and has been able to donate £500. (See Hospiscare@Home service article).
A.R.C which is a local bereavement and general and
counselling charity doing vital work in Axminster has
Good quality Pictorial dictionaries. Dictionaries have,
once again, been given to year 6 students at the local
schools - £532.
Local Epilepsy, A.C.T and MIND Charities have received £200, £200 and £50 respectively,
Some help is of a personal nature where publicity is not
desirable. Examples are the assistance to individuals in
need by supporting the purchase of mobility equipment
for a local people who would otherwise be extremely
restricted in what they could do. Two other people were assisted because of their unfortunate circumstances.
A local young lady who is preparing to go on a VSO
project to help people in Nepal has received £100
towards the cost of her expenses.
The Club has also aided to other charities by providing
help with their collections at the TESCO store.
Where does the money come from?
Members of the club have to work in several ways to
obtain the money needed to help people or organisations.
A major source of income is from car parking at events. an action which in turn is of help to other charities and organisations.
In December the club has an annual collection at the
Tesco Store to help fill its own coffers.
Another source is the Christmas Lunch in the Guildhall.
The guests at this event are invited but have to pay to
attend. The profits are added to the club’s charity fund. 9/19