What we have been doing recently 'behind closed doors'
Like so many other organisations, Bromley Rotary Club is working behind closed doors during these difficult days as the country faces the Covid-19 pandemic. Meetings have been held via Zoom each week instead of the usual lunch or evening meeting when its members would have enjoyed a meal together whilst planning its various activities to raise funds and seek to meet human need. Perhaps at the end of this, Rotarians will emerge from their closed doors slimmer as a result of missing their usual weekly Rotary lunch!
The above said, there has been plenty of light emerging from behind Rotary’s closed doors during these difficult months as the club has provided almost £10,000 to benefit worthy causes in this locality and further afield. With almost £7000 aimed at meeting need in the UK, nearly £4000 of that being given to benefit those adversely affected by Covid-19 in the Bromley area. Beneficiaries have included: ‘The Princess Royal University Hospital’ - ‘Bromley Women’s Aid’ - ‘Bromley’s Maypole Project’ – ‘Bromley Wellcare,’ amongst many others.
The club’s varied programme of activities have continued with interesting speakers providing up to date information of organisations and issues that face our modern world, as well as socially distanced fellowship activities via Zoom that even included a treasure hunt! Two of the speakers in recent months were, Tom Tooley of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (a donation of £200 was made to the Institution), and also Major Heather Grinsted from The Salvation Army’s unit that heads up the movement’s work on behalf of HM Goverment in fighting and responding to human slavery here in the UK. A donation of £200 was given to aid this important work.
Sadly, Covid-19 has made it impossible to proceed with the club’s many fund raising activities, even Rotary’s major Christmas fundraising is in jeopardy because of Covid-19 restrictions. In view of this, many of the clubs members have entered into a further commitment through their personal giving to the club’s charitable fund.