Paignton Rotary Charities
Membership of Rotary provides an opportunity to support local and international charities by organising events, providing practical support and raising funds. Recently the Rotary Club of Paignton has supported the following local community groups and charities:
Working with MENCAP to provide transport for GATEWAY
Providing a ‘KIDS OUT’ DAY for Mayfield Special School
Providing Sailability Courses for the children of Mayfield Special School
Transport for the local Blind Association.
Professional help with the setting up of a local ‘drop in’ centre for various charities
Support for the EOTAS (Education other than at school) Centre.
Children’s Hospice South West
Robert Owen Children’s Charity
Following our Crab Supper in 2015 we raised enough money to be able to present Torbay Hospital League of Friends with £2000 towards the cost of equiping a new intensive care ward.
We also gave £100 towards the cost of a Defibrillator to be based in the Marldon area.
The Club regularly arranges collections for the Rotary Shelter Box Charity. We collect at Supermarkets and on the ‘Down the Line’ Santa Specials run by the South Devon Railway.
Shelter Box was founded 11 years ago by a rotarian from the Rotary Club of Helston, Cornwall. Since then it has sent boxes to over 200 natural or man made disasters sending life-
We have 2 registered Shelter Box Speakers with an additional registered Shelter Box Collector within our Club -
The Shelter Box.
This contains items for warmth and protection, This includes a large family tent that can house an extended family. There are items to give dignity allowing those needing help to cook, store and purify water and provide themselves with heating. Self sufficiency is important and tools are provided to allow families to improve their immediate environment. There are toys and educational items for children.
The cost of a box is in the region of £600.
In 2013 we collected at Paignton Station and sent £3000 to Indonesia
In 2015, following the earthquake Nepal we purchased a further three shelter boxes
Children’s Hospice South West
Porthean, St.Austell, Cornwall
Several members of the club have visited this new hospice and were very impressed and moved by the work that they are doing. As a result the club have given financial support to this charity.
Hands For Life
Since the year 2000, this small UK based registered charity has been holding annual surgical camps in a small community called ‘Anandwan’ in central India. The project which started with surgical correction of hand deformities due to leprosy, has since expanded to include congenital deformities of the hand, burn scar contractures and cleft lip/palate. Members of the club have supported this charity in a small way by covering the costs of individual operations and one member of the Club has run in the London Marathon to raise funds for the Charity. The doctors involved give their services. For more information, their website has a link from our home page.
Raising Money for Devon Charities
Help for Heroes
This worthy charity was supported by the Club when the Club, with support from the Rotary Club of Torquay, organised a concert to raise funds for this charity. The concert featured the Torbay Brass Band and the Forest of Dean male Voice Choir. The concert was very successful and raised in excess of £1200 for the charity. We are grateful to the band and choir who gave support to this event.
Comment from Help for Heroes: “We wish your organisation well as you continue to strive to do all you can for our armed forces and their loved ones”.
Members of the Rotary Club of Paignton helped the
Rowcroft Team collect redundant Christmas trees.
In the region of 700 trees were collected from Torbay
addresses by volunteers and Rowcroft anticipate that
they will raise around £5000. The trees are taken
over by the local council who mulch them. The money
is raised by charging for collection. The Club believes in supporting worthy local charities.
A day to remember……………….Kids Out!
For a third year the Yacht Club
played host to disadvantaged
youngsters and their carers. Kids Out is a National day when the Rotary Clubs around the country entertain the disadvantaged children in their respective areas. The Rotary Club of Paignton has historically liaised with Mayfield School and members and past-
fun and relaxation.
Taking them by mini-
boarded the steam train in a reserved coach for the trip to Kingswear. From there they took a trip on a River Boat and returned to the Royal Dart Yacht Club where they were generously hosted on the terrace by the Yacht Club to music and singing and a hot buffet. A clown performed for them making balloon “pets” for the youngsters to take home with them, many of them unrecognisable behind the expert face paintings.
The trip on the train and the boat is one of the youngsters’ highlights of the year and it was a joy to see them respond to the smells of the steam, river and the swaying and the movement of the transport. As for the carers, the time spent on the terrace at the Yacht Club provides a welcome break before, tired and happy after an energetic day, the group returned to Paignton on the steam train in the late afternoon
The trip was not only for the youngsters. It was also to treat
the carers and to recognise that their care and dedication does not go unappreciated. Their pleasure was noticeable as they danced and sang with their charges.
In 2015 we took 23 children and carers on the outing
Helping Young Children with Cancer
We supported this charity in 2013 by donating £1000 towards the cost of a specialist wheelchair for a Paignton resident.
Supporting the Paignton Parish Church
Christmas Tree Festival 2014
Collecting for ANODE:
The Paignton Rotary Club led the Bay-
Quite apart from seeking and gaining the support of the Supermarkets/Stores themselves, a prior necessity was publicity, and the Club was most grateful to the Herald Express, the local Paper, for running a series of articles on the project and the work of ANODE, with one anonymous case study illustrating the work of this Charity. The local Radio Station, Palm FM also contributed in this regard.
The results exceeded expectations. I536Kg of food was donated from all the collecting stations, equivalent to 277 standard food parcels. Each designed for 1 person to last 3 days. In addition, although there was no appeal for cash donations, donations of nearly £200 were given. This Club collected 370Kg, equivalent to 74 food parcels.
This is a good example of ‘Joined up Rotary’ – where Clubs work together for a single aim, often their joint efforts exceed the sum of the individual Club efforts.
In 2015 we collected a further 283 kilos of food.