Covid

As well as the many deaths and much suffering, Covid has raised many societal issues which have demanded a response.


Rotary club of Thanet have not been able to meet at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate on their usual Mondays since March. Members have been donating some of the money they would have spent on dinner towards a Covid support fund to help those charities and other organisations who are responding to the challenge.

The club has also been drawing down its own charitable funds to help the community.

Foodbanks

As of early February, we have donated £3,250 to Thanet Food Link (Margate), £2,250 to the Salvation Army (Ramsgate) plus £1,000 to the Gap project in Broadstairs to purchase essential supplies in support of those in need.We have also given £200 to help the Thanet Churches Open Xmas initiative which is providing food parcels for the community. And we have recently, June 2021,  handed over almost £200 worth of food to Thanet Food Link.

Also recently,  we have given a further £500 to support the ongoing work of the Ramsgate branch of the Salvation Army arising from Covid.

Pilgrims Hospice

We have given £1,000 to the hospice whose fund raising has been badly affected by the crisis.

Domestic abuse

A steep rise in cases of reported domestic abuse has been one of the sad features of the last few months. We have given £2,500 to the Oasis domestic abuse service.

Face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We have have given £250 to Thanet Facemasks, a group of volunteer sewers who came together to produce masks for emergency workers in Thanet. Some of our members also donated materials for the cause. By mid July last year the group had produced an amazing 12,000 masks which have gone to workers in care homes, schools, pharmacies and to many others. Alison, caught in the picture above, was the first person to join the group and produced over 1,000 masks on her own, as well as coordinating the efforts of others in Westgate. A local hero.

And we have also contributed £500 to the costs incurred by Kent Volunteers Community Transport Service in providing PPE for volunteer drivers and their clients attending hospital appointments.

Homelessness

There are concerns among some charities helping to deliver the government's 'Everyone In' initiative , which aims to get rough sleepers off the streets by the Spring, that the ending of furlough support and the lifting of restrictions on evictions for payment arrears could cause a significant rise in the numbers  coming to them for support. We are long standing supporters of Porchlight and have given them a further £1000 to help with their work.Isolation

£250 to Age UK to support the work of their carers responding to needs of the elderly who are feeling isolated during the pandemic.

Mary's Meals

Our Club recently learned of the inspiring work of the the charity Mary's Meals (www.marysmeals.org.uk) which aims to give one good meal every school day to some of the world's poorest children. They are now feeding over 1.8 million children.
For Mary's Meals it is important not only to meet the needs of the hungry child, but also that they attract children to the classroom where they can gain a basic education. Instead of working or begging for food, children can attend class knowing that the promise of a meal each day will enable them to concentrate and look to a future where they can be free of poverty and reliance on aid.
Mary's Meals have a vision that invites all of us to offer our money, goods, skills, time or prayer to help those suffering extreme poverty in the world's poorest communities. Incredibly, it costs no more than £15.90  to feed a child for a whole school year and Thanet Rotary Club have donated £1,590 which will feed 100 children. The money comes from members' donations reflecting money saved over the Covid period.
Anyone interested in hearing more about the work of Mary' Meals,can  contact annette.davies@marysmeals.org.

Continuing support

Rotary club of Thanet will continue to support the community response to Covid for so long as our funds permit. If you would like to contribute to our funds, please click the donate button below.

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Our guest of honour Sir Henry Cooper OBE, KSG. Our Enery. Flanked by some notable Rotarians Neal Elliott, David Mirsky, John Reid, Roger Rook (sadly now deceased) and (Hon member of our club) Frank Thornley.

Rotary Club of Thanet, in partnership with Ramsgate Boxing Club, organised hugely successful boxing nights raising almost £450,000. A substantial sum which was deployed to good effect.

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The Rotary Club of Thanet has raised £636.50 through Graham Channon who was last year’s Master at Arms. At Grahams discretion this amount was donated to The MS Society, a charity close to his and our members hearts.

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For many years our club has treated children and their families to a night out at the Pantomime

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Shelterbox & Rotary

The Rotary Club of Thanet were at Pierremont Hall Broadsrairs on 27 November collecting for ShelterBox

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Ramsgate Harbour

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The Freda Carr Hospital in Ngora Uganda A hospital restored

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The club sponsors concerts at the Pavilion in Broadstairs for residents of local care homes and in support of other community groups.

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Eye treatments delivered by boat along the Mekon river in Cambodia in collaboration with Rotary Clubs in Phnom Penh, France and Belgium. And now Rotary club of Thanet

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Walkers meet up at the Swan in Reading Street for a well earned lunch

Bowling, social walking, trips to the theatre, crazy golf and much more. Usually followed by a meal and involving wives and partners.

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Over the last three years our club has organised a sponsored walk along the Thanet coast to raise charitable funds.

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Rotary Club of Thanet along with Broadstairs Town Team Garden Group plant purple crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day

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Dorothy and John Reid, Frances and David Ward on parade at Viking beach

We were pleased to support Broadstairs Town Team's beach clean in Viking and Stone Bays. And we were at it again, this time helping with the repainting of the jetty in May 2021.

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