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.

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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

Definition.

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.

International projects.

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

year £500

Local Charities

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

this year.

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

received £351.

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