Faringdon & District Rotary Club

Report for Faringdon Annual Town Meeting 2016

Faringdon & District Rotary Club is part of the largest voluntary organisation in the world – Rotary International. The club consists of 43 members and now supports The Pump House Rotakids (ages 7-11), Trailblazers Interact Club based at FCC (age 11-16) and Faringdon Interact Club also at FCC (16-18).
Rotarians meet on a Wednesday evening at the Bell Hotel for a variety of fun, fellowship and business meetings and welcome interest from new members. We are currently engaged in discussions with a group of younger potential members, exploring the opportunity of them becoming members of the Rotary organisation in Faringdon and meeting less formally.

Anyone interested in joining are invited to contact Vice President and chair of membership, Sarah Benson on 07866 556506 or find us on Facebook ‘Faringdon Rotary’ or visit our website http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=535
During the year we hold a number of community and fundraising events to raise the finance needed to fund our projects both at home and overseas. These include:

Buscot Park 5 & 10k run
Cooking and selling pizzas at Truck Music Festival in Steventon
Selling programmes and checking tickets at the Royal International Air Tattoo Fairford
Curry evening at the Snooty Mehmaan
Shrivenham Fete & Uffington Show
Faringdon Fireworks
Festive Faringdon Lights On
Thomas and Father Christmas
Christmas Tree Recycling
Parking Cars at Lockinge Point to Point
Duck Race at Milletts Farm (April)

We were instrumental in starting up a Young Carers Club in Faringdon and contribute financially to the Youth Worker
We sponsor candidates aged between 18 and 24 to attend the Rotary Young Leader Award (outward bound week) which enhances their communication skills, working as a team and enhances confidence
Bromsgrove Day Centre – we have bought new board games this year
We provided emergency funding to a children’s home in Nepal for food supplies immediately after the earthquake and are now funding some of the children through school
We donated to the Faringdon First Responders and Air Cadets who help us at the Fireworks
Cumbria Flood Appeal

Witney Hospital mini bus appeal – they have recently helped one of our members
Donation to Helen & Douglas House
We pay for a Life Education Bus to visit local Primary Schools
We have funded Late Spring – an Age Concern group for the bereaved who meet for coffee and conversation in Faringdon once a fortnight
Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance
Riding for the Disabled (Southmoor)
We fund Shelter Boxes which are distributed to areas of natural disaster and crisis
Water Aid
We are supporting Ebola orphan through education in Sierra Leone
This month we have funded the cost of a local Junior Doctor voluntarily travelling to the Calais Camps to provide medical assistance
Clanfield Parish Council – a donation towards a new play park
Organise and fund a tea party for the Senior Citizens of Faringdon & villages
We pay for a group of disabled youngsters from Faringdon’s AAA club to visit Cotswold Wildlife Park every year

Rotary is an opportunity to network, fellowship and fun with like minded men and women of all ages whilst helping others less fortunate than us at home and overseas

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