Focus on local Community

A resumé of the rewarding activities in which we are involved supporting our community and good causes.

A resumé of the rewarding activities in which we are involved supporting our community and good causes.

Supporting Local Charities

The club enjoys assisting the local community and finds it rewarding to be able to see the results of the help that it has given. It supports many local charities and undertakes many other activities to help the local community. Some examples follow:

Donations made in the Rotary Year 2018/2019 including:

Immediate Past Club President Les Leslie's Charities

Immediate Past Club President Les Leslie supported in his year Hope for Tomorrow and the Umbrella Centre in Canterbury.  Hope for Tomorrow is a national charity dedicated to bringing cancer care closer to patients’ homes and which has provided a mobile cancer care unit in East Kent. At a recent meeting the club donated £6,000 to Hope for Tomorrow.  The Umbrella Centre is a Charity Community Centre located in Canterbury that is open to everybody and particularly provides support to people with mental health problems.  The club donated £5,000 to the charity in the Rotary year.

Festability

A donation of £500 has been made in each of the past two years to Festability, a local charity putting on a Music Festival at Quex Park at Birchington in Kent in May for People with disabilities.  This year’s event was the second annual event.

Hi Kent

In January 2018 the club donated £500 to Hi Kent, the local registered charity for the deaf and hard of hearing people in Kent, which has also benefited from the club’s previous donations made towards its running costs.

Porchlight

Donations have been made to Porchlight to support its valuable work with the homeless in the area and by its Rough Sleeper Team helping people off the streets.

Pilgrims Hospices

Club members act as marshals for Canterbury Half Marathon, which is a fundraising events in aid of The Pilgrims Hospices. 

Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund 

Members deliver parcels donated by the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gift Fund to the elderly, the lonely and those in need.

Know Your Blood Pressure Day 

Know your blood pressure day

The Club’s Know Your Blood Pressure Day was held on Friday 26th April at Asda offering free blood pressure checks to shoppers to identify those with dangerously high blood pressure and to publicise its dangers. The event was held in conjunction with The Stroke Association and with the help of stroke specialist nurses from the local NHS Kent Community Health Trust.

Photograph shows: Immediate Past President Les Leslie observing blood pressures taken by the nurses.


Club President Paul Cooke’s Charities for 2019/2020:

Club President Paul Cooke’s nominated charity in the next Rotary year 2019/2020 is Porchlight to support its valuable work with the homeless in Kent. Other local charities will be supported as in the past.