We Raise All Our Funds Ourselves
We organise sizeable fund-raising events throughout the year. Click Here to go to our Events Page. Most are established favourites including:
- Charity Golf Day at Sene Valley Golf Club, Hythe
- Channel50Challenge Bike Ride on Romney Marsh
- Folkestone Channel Triathlon
- Santa Run
- Giant Wine & Wisdom Quiz Evening
We also help to organise the Saltwood Village Boxing Day Run, the largest event of its type in the UK on that day.
We’ve raised over £125,000 in the past 5 years and approaching £1million since we started in 1980.
We Support Many Local Charities And Good Causes
We’ve donated the most in our local area of South East Kent where we support some 30 – 40 causes a year, some are listed here:
We’ve also also helped some national charities like Alzheimers UK, Prostate Cancer UK, Cancer Research and Meningitis Now.
‘Our first major venture was in 1981 when we raised £4,500 for the Italian Earthquake Disaster and drove there with 3 caravans of relief clothing and supplies collected by public appeal in Folkestone.
Our biggest venture was to spearhead the raising of £100,000 to provide, in 2005, a dedicated Life Education mobile classroom for the 11,000 pupils in the 50 primary schools in Shepway and East Kent. In so doing we celebrated Rotary International’s 100th Anniversary and Channel Rotary’s 25th Anniversary by investing in the future quality of life of our children. The project was later adopted by all the local Rotary Clubs (Channel, Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh) as their joint project in celebration of Rotary’s 100th birthday.’
Rotary International and individual Rotary Clubs have an enviable reputation for providing humanitarian and disaster relief and generally improving the quality of life in less developed countries. Channel Rotary has been active in supporting charities such as ShelterBox, Water Aid, MAF, the Gurkha Welfare Fund and providing services in India.
Brian Pill of MAF on airstrip in Uganda with our Channel Banner.
Rotary International’s biggest ever international project has been ‘End Polio Now’. When it started 30 years ago nearly 500,000 children’s lives in 125 countries died or had their lives blighted by polio every year. With the help of Rotary Clubs worldwide, today there is only a handful of cases in one or two countries – a staggering achievement in which Channel Rotary has played its part.
To achieve polio eradication, over 500 million children have been vaccinated world-wide. This has included stopping, wars to vaccinate children and vaccinating 5 million children in 3 days in Sudan as a precaution after a report that polio had been detected in nearby Chad. Two intrepid Club members recently joined other UK Rotary teams to drive around the UK to raise awareness of the End Polio Now Campaign and helped to raise over £100,000. All vehicles carried the ‘Purple For Polio’ slogan to recognise the purple dye put on every child’s finger when they’ve been vaccinated. It is reflected in the purple crocus bulbs that UK Rotary Clubs donate to primary schools to tell pupils about this programme which is protecting the lives of children, like them, world-wide.
Mike Simmonds and Edwin Beddy helping to raise £100,000 for End Polio Now.
We Work Closely With The Other Local Rotary Clubs
There are important areas where we combine our resources with those of the Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh Rotary Clubs to create a bigger impact. Assisting Local Youth organisations and individuals is a typical example.
Young Carers at Port Lympne.
Presentation of Duke of Edinburgh’s trailer.
We Also Organise Rotary Competitions For Local School Pupils
Every year UK Rotary holds national competitions for Young Chef, Young Photographer, Young Writer and Young Speaker. We organise the Young Photographer locally and our winners have won the national photography competition and other prizes.
Hette Stainer’s winning photograph.
Hette Stainer with members of the Shepway Rotary Clubs.
Importantly, We Have A Lot Of Fun!
It’s not all work in Channel Rotary. We have lots of fun, too! And we’re certainly not the stuffy people you might imagine. We have speakers on topics of local interest, outside visits, social evenings with partners and trips to our good friends at Mechelen Rotary Club in Belgium. This year we’ve celebrated Chinese New Year with real Lion Dancers, St David’s Day (including our friends from Mechelen), Last Night Of The Proms, Christmas Party and our uniquely entertaining Handover Night when our new President takes office each year.
DDVC Team at the 2018 Channel 50 Challenge.
We Have Invaluable Help From Our Sponsors and Supporters
Our sponsors and supporters give us immense help in our work in the community. They help us to contain the costs of fund raising events and provide specialist help and assistance. We appreciate it very much. Here are some of them:
Our support is willingly given and greatly appreciated. Here are some words from our beneficiaries which speak for themselves:
“I’m absolutely delighted. Having our own coffee machine will make life so much more pleasant. The Unit team wants our patients to relax, be comfortable and feel part of a homely, extended family. Cups of freshly made coffee will work wonders for everyone.” Tracey Taylor, Unit Manager of Celia Blakey Cancer Care Unit at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford.
“I’m so pleased to receive this valuable £2,500 donation. In the period April to December 2017, Fareshare delivered the equivalent of 26,429 meals in the Shepway/Ashford area. The money will help us to buy a refrigerated van and widen our ability to provide support to the community. By way of thanks the van will carry the Channel Rotary logo.” Craig Brown, Operations Manager of Fareshare Food Bank
“We were blessed with beautiful sunny weather and I have received many messages from parents and families saying thank you so much for such a memorable day at Leeds Castle. Everyone at Kent Young Carers says thank you to the Rotary clubs for your unwavering support and providing once again another magnificent experience for our young carers in Shepway.” Liz Mohr of Kent Young Carers
“Our special thanks to both The Channel and Folkestone Rotary Clubs. As everyone has heard today, the new sound system has made an enormous difference to the life of the school.” Mrs Jane Garrett Head Teacher of St Eanswythe’s Church of England Primary School, Folkestone
“Our grateful thanks and appreciation to the Saltwood Boxing Day Run and Channel Rotary for their donations which will help us to continue supporting people in need. It is great to feel appreciated in this way” Jim West, Chairman of East Kent Motor Neurone Disease Association and Chris Taylor of SERV (the ‘Bloodrunners’)
“We really appreciate the support of Channel Rotary Club and all the Santas who took part in the Run. They have helped us to continue our support for so many local people’’ Jon Wilson, Chief Executive of the Folkestone Rainbow Centre
“We’re delighted with Channel Rotary’s support. The money will be invaluable in providing 35 specialist dog training sessions.” Jane Pearman, CEO Hypo Hounds
“This very generous donation by Channel Rotary will pay for much needed tutors to provide specific photographic, keep fit, numeracy and literacy training for our clients.“ Paula McCormack, Day Centre Facilitator of Folkestone Headway