Rotary helps Chopsticks Charity

Rotarians from several clubs in North Yorkshire helped at the charity Chopsticks to pack bags of kindling


Rotary Clubs in the area have long supported good causes locally, and now demonstrate that community service is alive and well.

Rotary’s motto is Service before Self, so that even though as an organisation it has had all major fundraisers cancelled due to Covid,  North Group Rotarians have found a cooperative and innovative way of volunteering. Rotarians gave up their last weekend and gathered at Chopsticks in Northallerton, which is a non-profit community benefit society that caters for adults with learning disabilities. Its main activity is the production of premium grade kindling with biomass woodchip fuel made from scrap timber which would have otherwise been sent to landfill, and at the moment it is “service” they require more than ever needed before.

 Rotary members from Northallerton, Northallerton Mowbray, Wensleydale and Harrogate Brigantes clubs joined in with packing 73 bags of kindling and painting the kitchen.

Chopsticks also offers a range of other services and activities to its members such as crafts classes, mowing lawns and making gardenware products. 

Phil Bramhall the Chopsticks Community Business Manager said ; “The support Rotary is providing  packing bags of kindling on our production line will increase our wood fuel sales stock and thereby contribute towards our financial viability as a community enterprise. It also helps the sustainability of our non profit charitable organisation. “

Now you’ve seen what great fun the Rotarians had packing kindling, why not get a team together and enter the Northallerton Rotary club “Packastickathon” ?

You can find details and an entry form here: https://www.northallertonrotary.org.uk/events/

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