March & April opens the year with distribution at Club lunches of funds to our selected local charities/charitable causes from Christmastime events. In the approach to Christmas, the annual Trees of Light Appeal offers an opportunity for people’s thoughts and memories of loved ones to sponsor a light on the Christmas tree at Derby Cathedral. Each dedication is recorded in a book, which is then held in the City Library. Funding from the 8th annual Appeal will be presented to representatives of Padley, the Eye Clinic of Derby Teaching Hospitals, and the Mayor of Derby’s Charity Fund (this year, sport for the City’s disabled, and the earthquake-hit Nepalese community).
Christmas sees intense activity by the club
Our Santa & Sleigh will tour Chellaston and Mickleover suburbs over 10 evenings in December. Members & partners from our Club, our Rotaract Club, our Satellite Club & the Children First selected charity will make up the crew of 11 required each day including pre-tour leafletting. The direct contact with the public at this happy time of is usually extremely rewarding
TOC H Sports Evening
For 92 years volunteers from the Rotary Club of Derby have assisted Toc H for one evening at their summer camp for less privileged kids. For two weeks, every year at the Polo Ground in Osmaston numerous Toc H volunteers run this tented camp where 128 young people from around Derby can enjoy diverse activities and make new friends. This year’s event took place on 1st August.
The 36 Members of Derby Rotary set up and run eight different challenges which the kids have to quickly get to grips with and compete for team points. Ten minutes is allocated for each task and then they rush over to the next one. Each team comprises eight or so girls and as many boys. The activities can be old fashioned skittles, javelin type darts, goal scoring, ball-in-a-drainpipe manoeuvring, hoop-la and welly wanging. All the equipment is brought along for the evening by the Rotary Club. The individual activity scores are then collated and prizes doled out in a very rowdy mess tent. The Rotary Club then hands over a cheque to the Toc H leader which goes towards their set-up costs.