Rotary Chepstow in the Community

Rotary Club of Chepstow & District is active in many areas of our community.

Just some of the projects have been involved in:

Chepstow and District Rotary Club Shoebox Scheme

Thirteen schools in the Chepstow area participated, including those of St John’s on the Hill, Caldicot, The Dell and Shirenewton.  We purchase empty flat packed Shoeboxes that were delivered to the schools through wind and heavy rain on 14th November. On 5th December, we collected a total of 597 filled Shoeboxes from these schools, with financial contributions totalling £891. 

The boxes are filled with non-edible and inexpensive items such as soap, comb, doll, simple game, woolly hat, gloves etc.  They are marked "For young girl" etc and collected by our area team.  Rotary then transports them to the needy abroad and recently they have gone to the children’s homes of Eastern Romania.

Local community donations

In the past year our Club has made donations of £1,550 to:

  •  Chepstow Guiding

  • Toucan for Children appeal

  • Contribution to individual following a local house fire
  • The local Boys Brigade. 
  • Both Caldicot and Chepstow foodbanks
  • Rotary Dictionaries donated to several local primary schools
  • Major donation to the UK Disaster Trust for victims of the severe Bahamas Hurricane

Youth competitions

These are run nationally by Rotary where schools initially run internal competitions with finalists entering local, area and national competitions.

·         Youth Speaks competition

  • Young Photographer
  • Young Writer
  • Young Chef
  • Technology tournament

Chepstow Show support

The Club always supports this important local agricultural show by operating a Tombola stand.  This is a fun event and all monies raised go to charity.

Overseas communities - polio eradication

Rotary clubs throughout the world donate to ‘Polio Plus’ whose aim is to remove the scourge of polio.  Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.  We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

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