Thorpe Bay Rotary Showcase was held on Thursday 21st February at the Holiday Inn Southend Airport Thorpe Bay Rotary Club members were joined by numerous guests and 15 local charities; those people who go that extra mile to deliver fantastic services, that evidentially and sustainably improve the lives of those in our community who face complex debilitating challenges.
It was a chance for each of the 15 to share their stories of how much our community benefits from their efforts; and to receive donations to help them continue with their work, from the £15,000 raised through Rotary events in the past year.
There were thought provoking, emotion stirring stories from each of the groups and from Lesley Sulley, Rotary District Governor Lesley took us on a journey from 1905, when 4 Chicago businessmen created a service organization, calling it Rotary because they rotated meetings among the offices of the 4 members; through to today with some 1.2 million members spread across the world. Amongst its many achievements lies the incredible fight to eliminate Polio. Rotary International started this battle in 1979, brought onboard the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; by 2018 the number of annual diagnosed cases had reduced from the hundreds of thousands a year to fewer than 33. The fight goes on and the ultimate goal of total elimination is forecast now for 2020.
She reflected on Thorpe Bay Rotary; Southend’s local breakfast meeting, mixed gender, mixed age, multi cultural club, which was formed in 1991 and has raised over £1million for charities; local, national & international.
A quote from John Harland Vice Chair Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation
"Tonight was a wonderful opportunity to thank the Rotary club of Thorpe Bay for their fantastic long-term support. Over the last 14 years over £100,000 has been generated for the hospital with their help and generosity, we are so grateful"
How does Rotary make things happen....
Impact starts with its members — people like you who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change —in our communities, across the globe and in ourselves.
At club meetings people of action come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbours and their commitment to improving lives.
Who can join? People who want to give back to their communities.
How can I become a member?
Attendees: Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation; Harp; Age Concern; Carers Choice Dementia Cafe; Havens Hospices; Southend In Sight; Just Ride Southend; New Life Wood; PHOLK; Scouts; SOS Domestic Abuse; SECE Mind; Southend Talking Newspapers; Trust Links; Turning Tides
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Sofyan and his parents met their CLIC Sargent Social Worker, Barbara, before Sofyan’s first round of chemo.
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