SPRING 2016 update
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).
Our Santa & Sleigh toured 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 made up the crew of 11 required each day including pre-tour leafletting. The direct contact with the public at this happy time of year was extremely rewarding. To top-up the donations received, an application has also been made to a Housebuilding charitable fund.
16 April is the anticipated Stroke Association’s annual Blood Pressure Day, when the public are encouraged to have a check free-of-charge. We plan to hold such an event at a local supermarket with the support of qualified medics from a local GP practice.
June’s Summer Fayre at Mickleover is one of two/three events organised annually by businesses there with the aim of creating a better village atmosphere. We have participated in a number of them. Details are awaited, which will determine our involvement this year.
2 August is this year’s date for the annual Toc-H 10-day camp for disadvantaged children in Derby. Our Club has supported this for around 90 years. We will provide outdoor games on their first evening in camp at the Osmaston Polo Ground for about 120 children, in boys & girls teams of about 8. The two winning teams will receive prizes and all children will receive a bag of sweets. The 30 Rotarians, partners, friends and Rotaract members involved will then retire to the local inn for a welcome buffet, drink and time for fellowship. A really worthwhile service event evening.