Farnborough Afghan family appeal - Thank You!!
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Farnborough Afghan family appeal. The appeal for clothing and shoes for the Afghan families that was put out last week by the Rotary and Inner Wheel clubs in the Borough of Rushmoor resulted in the most amazing response. New clothes, many still in their wrappers with price labels, appeared in quantity and many other nearly new items were also donated together with reusable carrier bags for use later. The collection from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September resulted in over 80 boxes being filled with specific items sorted for men women and children. To everyone who took the trouble and time to give the items that are really needed, a VERY BIG THANK YOU! You have helped many families who are so much in need of help right now. The boxes in the photograph will be collected this week. The Rotary and Inner Wheel clubs were supporting Rushmoor Voluntary Services in undertaking this collection, and would like to thank Farnborough Business Park for providing a room at The Hub, and Blue Box Storage, Farnborough, for supplying the boxes at trade price.
The Community Services Committee is a busy group with responsibility for proposing and supporting local community projects. It is a committee with a real breadth and variety of backgrounds and a wealth of experience.
One of its key roles is to make sure decisions to undertake projects meet the proper use of club funds, resources and members' time and will really benefit those in need in our community. Every request is subject to rigorous scrutiny and examination before any proposal to use club funds.
In recent years we have supported many organisations, individuals and projects. Parity for Disability, The Vine Centre, Step by Step, Henry Tyndale School, Hart & Rushmoor Young Carers, The Fountain Centre at the Royal Surrey Hospital, Connect Counselling are all local charities that have received a welcome boost to their funds from the Club's Christmas and other collection events. So too has Remap where the Club has funded materials for a group of the area's retired engineers who use their ingenuity to design & build personalised aids for disabled people. In addition, the worthwhile Christmas voucher distribution took place again and vouchers were distributed to 3 worthy local organisations and 10 individuals in need at Christmas.
During the height of the Covid restrictions, we provided support to several organisations including Brendoncare which assists those amongst the Farnborough elderly suffering from loneliness and isolation. We also supported other local initiatives such as the Farnborough Food Bank, North Camp Food Friends, and helped with making PPE and face shields for Care homes and through cooperation with Rushmoor Voluntary Services.
Many of the requests that come the committee’s way are not supported financially. However, that does not mean just turning down the request but finding other practical ways of helping.
Normally, the Club carries out collections during December to raise funds for deserving causes. We have two ways of collecting - through our street and our static collections. Covid restrictions prevented us from carrying out street collections last year but we did manage to collect £4,428 through our "statics" in shopping centres and through online donations. We are extremely grateful to all of those who donated, and to Rushmoor Borough Council and the retailers who gave us permission to collect at their premises, notably B&Q, Costco and the Princes Mead Shopping Centre.
On Christmas Eve, members of the Club who would normally have been out on the streets with the Christmas float collecting money for local charities were out on another mission. In past years Kate Hayden, the licensee at the Snow Goose pub in Fernhill Road has provided a Christmas lunch at the pub for some elderly local people who are living on their own. This year, due to Covid restrictions Kate provided instead a fish and chip supper for each recipient. Our members assisted in delivering these meals to their homes together with a Christmas card and present.
Katy Harris, Club President 2020/21, said "I would like to thank everyone who donated money to the Christmas collection and we really hope that we will be back on your doorsteps next December with our float to bring to bring a little cheer to the streets of Farnborough. Rotary is a worldwide organisation and we can draw on its Foundation for grants to double the funds we can offer and so boost the international support of clubs like ours. Through Foundation, we can offer financial support to worthwhile projects around the world. This year we were pleased to support Mercy Ships and Mary's Meals, which helps feed and educate children in some of the World's poorest countries."
Farnborough Rotary Club cares about the community, locally and internationally: raising money through Donkey Derby, Music in the Park, Christmas collections and disaster appeals and, in turn donating money to local and international causes or assisting community projects. New members are always welcome - think about it and if you feel that this is the right time to join us, call us on 0300 772 7011 (local rates apply).
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