Thanks to the generosity of York residents, Rotary York Ainsty’s Santa with his Sleigh had a near record-breaking year in the days leading up to last Christmas (2022).
Working in partnership with, and for, local charites, the Ainsty Rotarians and ‘Elf’assistants started their York travels with Santa in Poppleton on December 1, then throughout December they journeyed around York bringing the Christmas message to the communities.
As well as providing all an opportunity to meet Santa, the initiative is a fund-raiser and every year many thousands of pounds are collected and donated to charities both near and far. In December 2022, close to £10,000 was generated by the project.
Following the success of earlier years, certain locations and collections are dedicated to and run by specific local charities - in partnership with Rotary York Ainsty. The charities provide Santa and the collection ‘elves’. They are:
> Vale of York Academy
> Manor Academy Secondary School, Poppleton
> Wilberforce Trust
> Age UK
> Door 84 Youth Centre
> York MIND (Good Gym)
> St Leonards Hospice
> Copmanthorpe Scouts
Rotary York Ainsty president, Duncan said: “This year's collection by Rotary York Ainsty has gone beyond the expectations we had at a time when there are many financial restrictions on those in the communities in which we operate. We as an organisation and our “partners” were overwhelmed by the welcome we received, from adults and children alike.
We give a very special thanks to York City Council (Front Street, Acomb), Morrison’s Supermarket, at both Acomb and Foss Island, and to Tesco at Askham Bar and Clifton Moor for permitting us to collect in their localities - raising monies for Community Sparks, Rotary many and various charities and St Leonard’s Hospice respectively.
“If readers are interested learning more about Rotary and its projects or in helping out / using their skills and talents on any of our community projects, they should contact Past President Peter Kendall on 01904 331538 - or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Rotary York Ainsty is a constituent part of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) within Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire - Rotary District1040.
RIBI is a membership organisation where members use their talents and time to improve the lives of those less fortunate, both at home or abroad, while building friendships and ‘having fun’ in the process. Great Britain and Ireland are served by 1,800 Rotary clubs and around 50,000 members.
Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest membership and international service organisation with more than 1.2 million members. There are clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas across the globe.
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