Haddenham and District Rotary Club
Rotarians gain personal satisfaction by making a difference
We are Haddenham and District Rotary Club
We are the
Rotary Club for Haddenham and the surrounding villages and towns and we are
part of the world-wide Rotary International voluntary community with 1.2
million members in 200 countries.
are professional people from diverse backgrounds all with high ethical
· share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self;
· enjoy fun and fellowship;
· are committed to contributing time, talents,
professional skills and energy to helping
those in need.
was founded in 1987 and has maintained a vibrant and active membership ever
since and we run an active programme of social and fundraising events throughout
the year. Our Club alone has raised over £500,000 in support of the local
community, local charities and deserving causes and national and international
community projects based in the Rotary Areas of Focus:
Basic Education and Literacy
Economic and Community Development
Maternal and Child Health
Peace and Conflict
Water and Sanitation
In the local area:
around Haddenham our Community Service Team and club members give support to the
community by funding village Noticeboards and developing IT capability at the library;
we have provided benches at bus stops and at the church, and the public defibrillator
at St Mary’s Centre. In April we team up with the Rotary Club of Thame to offer free blood pressure checks and stroke awareness advice at a local Co-operative supermarket, as part of the UK Stroke Awareness Campaign.
We contribute to local schools through ‘Kids Out’ – a fun
day out to Legoland for senior year disadvantaged children at nearby Booker Park School; our tree planting and sensory
garden initiatives at local schools; Marshaling the fireworks at St Mary’s School, Haddenham, and our increasingly popular
Young Photographer Competition.
We also provide Marshals for the WheelPower annual Tour de Vale cycle ride with over 1000 riders taking part. We participate with a local college in the
Rotary Technology Tournament where pupils from local schools are given just one
day to design and build a solution to a real-world challenge, and interactively
contribute to young people preparing for life in business and further education.
We run a local competition to enable a candidate with demonstrable development
potential to participate in the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
in May, we design, organise and the whole Club turns out to run and Marshal ‘The Waddesdon’, a 12-mile sponsored cross-country
horse event for all ages. This unique event enables some 300 riders to enjoy
the private Waddesdon Estate by kind permission of Lord and Lady Rothschild. Now
in its 18th year, this event raises around £10,000 each year.
In addition, our
Service Projects Team run ‘Christmas Santa’ in collaboration with Haddenham
Garden Centre, and raise around £4000 arranging for 'Santa' to meet local children in the weks before Christmas. Our annual ‘End Polio Now’ Quiz
Night, Art Exhibition, Jumble Sale, Metal Detector Rally and ‘Tin Shaking’
collections, all add to our charity fund.
Some of the local organisations we support:
local organisations, some large, for instance Age UK Bucks, Air Ambulance, Coram
Life Education, Cystic Fibrosis, Helen and Douglas House, Prostate Cancer, Macmillan
Nurses and the Six Counties Kidney Patients Service, as well as smaller
charities and deserving causes, of which Haddenham Cycle Training, Snakemoore, Special
Effect, Medical Detection Dogs, The Lighthouse, Upward Bound Trust, WheelPower,
Whizz-kids and Young Carers Bucks are just a few.
In the international arena:
Rotary Club is also active further afield. Our International Team work hard in
support of the global initiative to rid the world of Polio. Rotary and its
partners have so far immunized 3 billion children against polio. The more
children we immunize, the more difficult it is to reach the remainder but the
initiative continues and our ‘End Polio’ Quiz Nights raise sufficient to give
the vaccine to nearly 2900 children each year.
International Team have also been delivering humanitarian aid to deaf schools in
the Mount Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, since 2005, originally through an association with Msandaka School for the Deaf. This identified an acute need for practical help to improve the quality of the school's teaching and living accommodation. The team return regularly
to continue their work to build new or improve workshops and classrooms for teaching employment skills such as woodworking and sewing, dormitory, toilet and cooking facilities, play areas and security fencing.
Pilot programmes to develop self-sustaining projects
are also being progressed with the schools, for instance the purchase and installation of water harvesting and water
storage, to enable successful crop gardens to be established and to thrive. As
well as our own fund raising, the team also works with partners here in the UK
and abroad to raise funds and seek out grants that will enable this
enterprising work to continue.
But Rotary is not all about business and fundraising
We enjoy fellowship and speakers on a wide
range of topical subjects. We arrange social events (just recently a fascinating tour of the Wren Churches in London) and other activities that
provide a welcome distraction from hectic business life.
Rotarians are warmly received and often given valuable assistance, by the
worldwide network of Rotary Clubs. Many travelling Rotarians have been helped
to find a local hotel, doctor, dentist, or lawyer, through the Rotary network.
Do you enjoy having fun while helping others less fortunate than yourself?
We invite you to contact us to find out more about Rotary or to ask about coming along to one of our weekly meetings
Forge new friendships, exchange ideas and use your business and social skills, and professional resources, to benefit people less fortunate than yourself.
Help Rotary deliver humanitarian aid to local, national and international communities and your business life can benefit too.
John Germ, President of Rotary International 2016-17
“People around the world live better happier lives because of Rotary. The people we help might not have met a single Rotarian. They might not even know that Rotary exists. But they are drinking clean water from a bore-hole well that Rotary dug. They’re learning to read with books that Rotary gave them. They’re living lives that are better, happier, and healthier – because of Rotary Serving Humanity”.