Croydon Rotary Club’s recent World’s Greatest Meal lunch, the first since 2019, far exceeded all expectations by raising £1000 for the End Polio Now Campaign. In addition to two large donations received beforehand, on the day the raffle raised £270. (Each dollar raised is tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.)
Held on 08 November 2022, at the Masonic Halls in Croydon, club members and guests were joined by Rotarians from Addiscombe & Shirley, Croydon Jubilee, Carshalton Park, members from Croydon Inner Wheel, and Soroptimists from Croydon and Bromley.
The guest speaker was Malcolm Wells, MBE, PHF, who gave a fast moving, informative and entertaining talk “So Far So Good” about his time with the charity Canine Partners; his 24 years in the army as a musician playing cello on state occasions at Buckingham Palace; and the ‘behind the scenes’ experience of receiving the MBE and being mistaken for a member of the Royal Household. Malcolm has recently become a volunteer with Literacy in a Box. There was so much more he could have talked about but unfortunately our time was limited.
Graham Harker gave an update on the current situation regarding Polio world-wide. Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%.
Over the last 35 years, Rotary members, working with communities around the world, have contributed more than US$2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the fight to end polio.
Inspired in part by Rotary’s volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988.
This remarkable partnership which includes Rotary, World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention and, more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI the Vaccine Alliance. These organisations work alongside governments of the world to end polio.
Because of the efforts of Rotary and our partners, nearly 19 million people who would otherwise have been paralysed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died.
If you would like to book Malcolm Wells for an event, contact him on 07800 809618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
more Guest Speaker Malcolm Wells, MBE, PHF "So Far So Good"
more Croydon Night of Dance back on the streets again!
more Dedicated to the memory of Rotarian Tony Man
more A cheque was presented to Crisis Skylight Centre Director, Christine Eyers on Tuesday 11 January 2022
more at Croham Hurst Golf Club
more Today we welcome Director Christine Eyers
more A fundraising event for our charity, Crisis Skylight Centre
more What would your most unusual item be?
more A cracking night in!
more Can you help?
more To the Croydon residents who kindly supported our Christmas Collection
more at our Annual Quiz Night
more OUR CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS
WHICH RAISED £1350
FOR OUR CHARITIES
more Held on May 21, 2019, at Farleigh Golf Club.
more Held at Beddington Park
more Nihao Racing Pandas performed well at their first entry into this annual challenge, held on Sunday 22 July 2018.
more Annual event held at Shirley High School
more On 21 August,
local and other Morris Groups
will join together to bring
an evening of fun to Croydon.
more HELD AT BEDDINGTON PARK
more Held at Farleigh Golf Club on 24 April 2018
more Supported by church and community groups.
more for President Peter's charity,
The Croydon Hearing Resource Centre.
more Held at Shirley High School
on 13 October 2017
more Members and guests enjoy Cabaret at the New Wimbledon Theatre
on Thursday 28 September 2017
more The final fundraising event of 2016-2017 Rotary year
more In support of the 2017 Purple4Polio
the Club will be purchasing
5,000 purple crocus corms in time for the planting season.
more A bright sunny morning greeted golfers for this annual fundraising event...
more April showers bring May flowers or in our case April drought brought heavy downpours!
more At the meeting on 14th February attended by Rotarians, partners and friends there was a collection for "the World's Greatest Meal".
more Members of Croydon Rotary Club with their families and friends celebrating Chinese New Year at Tai Tung restaurant, Wing Yip Purley Way, on the evening of 31st January 2017. Part of the fun and fellowship of being a part of Croydon Rotary Club
The Fundraising Committee exists to coordinate the year’s fundraising,
focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on the President’s chosen charity.