In the next 30 days...
Friday 29th September 2023
RC Reading Matins Join us for a entertaining and competitive quiz night, funds raised to go to Reading Matins Charitiesmore
Saturday 30th September 2023
District Event: Join the District Public Image Team at this interactive session to learn how to sell the sizzle, from public speaking tips, to creating an eye catching publicity stand.more
Friday 6th October 2023
RC Elthorne-Hillingdon Ickenham Village Hall, in aid of London's Air Ambulance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and tickets at £10.00 per headmore
Wednesday 11th October 2023
District Event: The second District Executive meeting to be held at the Christchurch Centre, Henley-on-Thames.more
Tuesday 24th October 2023
RC Windsor St. George Details to follow
Rotary in the Thames Valley
Welcome to our Rotary website, showcasing Rotary in the Thames Valley covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire, South Buckinghamshire and the London Borough of Hillingdon.
The Rotary Clubs and Rotaract Clubs do a variety of projects both locally, nationally and internationally.
If you are looking for a club near you, then click on the ‘clubs’ link at the top of the homepage. And if you are looking for more information then please use the contact form at the top of the homepage or use the contact form at the foot at lots of the pages through the site.
This video shows what Rotary does.
There have been 2 short term immediate aid requests
The first one is a £100 donation to fund "Keep Out" warning signs to try and prevent children and farmer from straying into playgrounds and field where landmines have been indiscriminately dropped.
The second one is to put a friendship box together for Ukranian Children which contains pens, pencils and paper, This is a special strong request from the Ukranian Rotarian who is responsible for Children Support.
The District has sent generators, baby hats, clothes and medical supplies to Ukraine.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Rotary Club of Reading Abbey has started a project in conjunction with the local community. Launch Reading helps establish and develop new businesses in Reading by supporting and developing entrepreneurs in under- resourced communities in the local area. This is done by providing free training, business development services and networking opportunities.
The Rotary Club of Reading Abbey is keen to share this model with other clubs in the District. Please contact them for more advice.
Our clubs make a difference both locally and internationally. One of the projects that has been supported by the district is the Vocational Training Team. This is a team of 4-5 people led by a Rotarian who can all teach birth emergency skills to local health professionals. It has been going out since 2014 initially to Kamuli Mission Hospital and lately to Ngora Freda Carr Hospital. Has it made a difference? It has improved lives of local women and their babies.
We now cover menstrual hygiene and how to make reusable sanitary pads using a local charity. The women cannot afford disposable sanitary pads so they either use rags, banana leaves or dig a hole and sit on it all day. This impacts on girls getting an education, impacts on women's self-esteem and is an infection risk
It is also an opportunity for health professionals to update their skills because unlike the UK they don't do annual updates in birth emergency skills which all midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians have to do. There is a plan to support another hospital in Kampala.