Rotary Raises a Record Sum for Ukraine
Rotary in Ribble Valley has raised over £5,505 in donations, which is going directly to support the people of Ukraine. The money was collected at a recent street collection in Clitheroe, together with a donation of £251.89 donated by customers at Tesco, Clitheroe. Nadine, from Tesco asked Lee Roe, of Ribble FM, how she could make sure all of the money collected could be passed on, making sure 100% reached Ukraine. Lee pointed Nadine in the direction of Clitheroe Rotary, knowing no admin costs are deducted.
Another donation of £753 came from Katie and Barrie Lancaster, long time fund raisers for Rotary. Katie and Barrie knew 60's group the Barron Knights, would be appearing at their forthcoming holiday at Warner's Leisure, Littlecote House, near Hungerford. Katie remembered she had a 45 rpm record of the Barron Knights, dug it out from the loft, took it with her and asked the group to sign it. Then she auctioned the record and raised an initial £75. Barrie then realised there was another opportunity to raise more money via Warner's guests the next evening. Warner's Entertainment Manager, Tony Mack, invited Barrie to explain to guests how Rotary in Clitheroe was supporting the Ukrainian appeal, a bucket dash collection followed raising another £678 which allowed Barrie and Katie to present Rotary President, Jenni Schumann with £753
So how has this money been distributed? So far donations have been made to International Aid Trust to fund transport costs to get goods, including the 20 tonnes of goods collected in Clitheroe to Ukraine. Shelter Box have received £1500 to provide tents and other equipment and Chairman of UK Med, Professor Tony Redmond, received a cheque for £1000 from Rotary's Howard Blackburn at a recent Rotary meeting at which Tony was Speaker and gave a moving presentation of the work UK Med has done over many years around the world and currently in Ukraine. Tony also received a cheque for £1,000 from Clitheroe Town Mayor, Simon O'Rourke.
So what next? Rotary will be on Clitheroe Market again on May 7th and finally on June 4th collecting our usual items such as unwanted sewing machines, tools, unwanted IT equipment, spectacles, blister packs, foreign stamps and currency. Rotarians look forward to meeting the generous public of Ribble Valley on May 7th and June 4th.on Clitheroe Market.