Rotary Club of Swindon Online Auction - Press Release

Rotarians go online to raise money for charity - Lots wanted for Online Charity Auction The auction will take place from Thursday 5th November until Saturday 21st November.

Rotary Club of Swindon Press Release

Re: Lots wanted for Online Charity Auction
30 September 2020
For release from: 1st October 2020

Rotarians go online to raise money for charity

Traditional fundraising activities have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and so the Rotary Club of Swindon is making a bid to raise money for all the charities it’s supporting in 2020 in one big ‘virtual event’. The Club will be using the JumbleBee online auction to showcase a vast array of exciting lots. The auction will take place from Thursday 5th November until Saturday 21st November.

Club President, Debbie Vincent, explained, “The ongoing social distancing restrictions have made it very difficult to support charities, as our fundraising activities usually centre around social events throughout the year. Unfortunately, our annual Charity Ball this year had to be cancelled along with a number of other events planned by our Club’s five Committees in aid of local community and international projects including my chosen charity, Brighter Futures, raising money for the A&E department at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital.”

Debbie continued, “Another casualty of Covid-19 has been our weekly meeting at The Kings. We are the oldest Rotary Club in Swindon and it’s the first time in nearly 100 years that members have been unable to get together on Thursday lunchtimes, but the Internet has proven to be a saving grace and, since lockdown, we have continued to attend meetings via video conferencing. And now, instead of raising money through a number of different functions, we’re focusing our efforts on collecting donated items for a big online charity auction. 

“We are delighted with the initial response and have already been promised all kinds of auction lots, from Christmas gifts and goodies to ‘pre-loved’ items and from special experiences including meals for two and flights over the Wiltshire countryside to high value items such as an exquisite Longines ladies diamond watch. Needless to say, we are hugely grateful to Deacon & Sons for their generosity, as we want to raise as much money as possible for the local, national and international charities we’re supporting this Rotary year. We have a good number of lots already and are anticipating many more, so that everyone can have fun bidding for items for themselves or their loved ones. This might be the perfect opportunity to find that special Christmas present.”

All funds raised will be shared between Brighter Futures, Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, The Open Door Centre (Swindon & District), KidsOut, Action Through Enterprise (ATE Ghana), Edu Fun SA and End Polio Now. If you’d like to support these charities by donating auction items, please call Sue Frawley on 07881 246110 or email by 31st October. You can register to bid online at from 5th November.

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Editor’s Notes

The seven charities that will benefit from Rotary Club of Swindon’s 2020 Online Charity Auction are:

Local charities:-

Brighter Futures is the charity for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Great Western Hospital and community health sites in Swindon. Donors can direct their support specifically towards any project, ward, department or fund. The share of money from Rotary Club of Swindon’s charity auction will go to the A&E department. 

Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service provides those affected by domestic abuse with a range of services including a 24-hour helpline, safe refuge and community support. 

The Open Door Centre (Swindon & District) – founded in 1985, this specialist day resource centre for adults with learning disabilities based at St Barnabas Church Hall in Gorse Hill, Swindon, provides a wide range of activities and support including fitness classes, music groups, holidays and advocacy. 

National charity:-

Kids Out is a charity originally founded by Rotarians on Rotary principles to provide services to some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children. Whether they live with critical health issues, in refuge or with a disability, every year on the second Wednesday of June, KidsOut teams up with Rotary Clubs across the country to take over 25,000 children on a fun day out - often for the first time in their lives. Once Covid-19 restrictions allow, KidsOut will give the opportunity for every mother and child in a UK Women’s Aid Federation refuge to go on a fun day out. Rotary Clubs also fund boxes of brand new toys for children at Christmas.

International charities:-

Action Through Enterprise (ATE) works with communities in Ghana to reduce poverty through education, enterprise and social change. 

Edu Fun SA provides crucial educational support services to a township school in one of Johannesburg’s poorest communities. Rotary Club of Swindon has supported projects at Diepsloot Combined School since 2014. 

End Polio Now – Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of the organisation’s longest standing and most significant efforts. The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which includes Rotary, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world, with the support of many others around the globe. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and won't stop until we end the disease for good. 

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