Local Community Service
The Club has been active locally in the Blandford and District area.
The Club has been helping out the less fortunate members of our community, volunteering via local and national agencies.
Several members of the Club (along with many other volunteers) have been helping at the Blandford Medical Practice within the surgery and in their car park so as to make the massive job of vaccinating everyone go as smoothly as possible.
Rotarians have also been shopping for those unable to do so, as well as picking up prescriptions form the chemists.
Every Autumn Rotary in the UK organize a
national Shoebox Appeal. Clubs organize locally to fill shoeboxes full of
items to send to deserving children around the world. Unfortunately, this
year’s appeal was complicated by restrictions of transport and problems at
national borders. Despite this our Club collected no less than 520 boxes –
our thanks to the members, local schools and all those who contributed in
these strange times.
The Club has supported the Blandford Foodbank with several financial donations and also we provide much needed fresh fruit and veg on a regular, weekly basis.
The Club has donated to the Panda Preschool which allows them to meet and get together outdoors.
We have also supported financially the Weldmar Hospice as their income plummeted with their shop closures in lockdown.
We have donated funds to Durweston School to allow them to look after an autistic child in greater safety.
The Club has almost finished our contributions towards the new signage and refurbishment of the track and information boards on the Blandford Trailway.
The Blandford School
We have supported the Blandford School with their ‘Young Enterprise’ schemes and also donated funds to provide outdoor seating for the students at break time.
Longmead Farm Project
We were lucky enough to have a Zoom presentation from the Longmead Farm Project which provides help to families in need from around Dorset with advice, counselling and hard work on the farm. We have made a donation to them and hope to visit in the not too distant future.
We have also supported Peacejam UK, an organization originating in the US which mentors young people to ‘change the world’.
Much of the local work we have done has been in liaison with the other Service Clubs in the town, namely the Blandford Rotary Club (the ‘other’ one!) and the Blandford Lions Club. This allows the work of all three to be coordinated and have a greater impact.
Every year the national Rotary organization arranges a Kids Out event, where children with disabilities and problems are taken to local theme parks. In the past we have taken children from the Blandford Opportunities Group to the Alice in Wonderland park at Hurn. Sadly this year this has not been possible but we have made a donation to the national fund and also offered funds to the Group.
This is the Rotary Young Leaders Awards scheme. Each year the Club sponsors several students from the Blandford School to attend weekend courses to help them in their school and career progress.
Over 15 years ago the Club was instrumental in setting up and since have been heavily involved and supportive of a project outside Nairobi in Kenya called Kibera Mpira Mtaani (Kimmta) with the help of a local school. This building and the staff provide support for children and families in one of the largest ‘shanty’ towns in Africa. We have helped them with football gear, learning materials, sanitary supplies and more recently, food parcels.
National Rotary have set up a Micro finance scheme to give small loans to people in African countries – the relatively small amount of these loans can make all the difference in the world to many poor families in impoverished areas.
The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus
There are also the two most important international donations we make via Rotary International.
The first is to the Rotary Foundation This is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The Foundation was created in 1917 as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world". It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
We also donate to PolioPlus which is a program that allows Rotarians to participate in the polio eradication effort by contributing to specific social mobilization and surveillance activities in polio-endemic countries all over the world.
Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%.
A Difficult Year
Needless to say it has been a challenging year for the Club and all of us. We have been unable to have any fund raising events and income has been direct from the members only.
However, we have managed to donate a total of just over £7500 to all the above causes
What is Rotary?
Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations.
Our impact starts with our members: people who see a world where we unite and take action to create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
By joining Rotary, your journey on the road to transforming communities begins.
We fulfil our purpose and achieve our goals thanks to the dedication of our members.
At Rotary we have the unique position of being rooted with our own communities but with a global outlook, ready to tackle challenges at home and abroad.
Through membership of your local Rotary Club, you will become part of a network of 1.2 million members, in 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.
We are friends, neighbours, leaders and problem solvers.
In these strangest of times, helping others in our community is a vital and rewarding experience. Being part of a service organization such as Rotary allows anyone to help others in as many ways as we can, in safety and with support.
Who can join?
We are looking for people who want to give back to their communities.
You must be aged 18 or over to become a Rotary member.
How do I join?
If you’re interested in joining Rotary email our secretary.
What are the benefits?
Rotary brings together people from all walks of life. Getting involved with Rotary provides benefits to not only communities, but our members as well.
Rotary is a great way to expand your social circles, meet new people and make lasting friendships, all while having fun and making a difference.
Develop your skills
You can share your personal and vocational skills, take up leadership roles, as well as learning from fellow members on activities such as project planning, communications and service delivery.
Rotary was founded as a business networking group, and this still plays a part in Rotary today. Making connections with other members can enhance your professional life.
Be part of a global community
With 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, Rotary is a global network of neighbours, friends and problem solvers making a difference in our communities.
The Club's President. Graham Colls, said: 'We are really proud of the help we have been able to continue giving at home and abroad even though COVID has really reduced our Club's income. COVID has shown the importance of communities pulling together and looking after each other. That's what Rotary does all the time. We would love to hear from anyone who wants to join us to carry on the good work, both for as long as the current emergency lasts and after it is long over, and to enjoy our social events and fellowship. Just contact our secretary at the email address above and we will be in touch.'
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