Over 200 Rotarians, from across the District, attended the Conference. Rotarian Wendy Martin from our Club gave a talk on how her father, Peter Green, started the furniture business in Eastleigh with £150 in his pocket and built it up to one of the largest showrooms in the South of England.
Peter Green was an active Rotarian and was very community minded – a characteristic that Wendy has carried on to this day. Great talk Wendy and thanks from the Club
Claire Johns from Fare Share came to our lunch meeting and gave a talk on the work her charity. This is a national charity which obtains unwanted / surplus food from such organisations as Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Kelloggs, Nestle, Coca Cola, etc. and then distributes it in the local community to such groups as food banks, cooking centres, homeless hostels, women’s refuges, breakfast clubs, youth clubs and senior lunch clubs. None of the food has been on retail sale and comes direct from supermarket distribution centres. It is estimated that the U.K. food sector generates 4 million tonnes of food waste each year while there are 5 million people living in poverty in the U.K. Claire has managed the Southern Central region since its inception in April 2014 and operates three vans, distributing food around Hampshire. She is ably assisted by many volunteers as well as giving work experience opportunities to those seeking employment. Rotary of Eastleigh benefited from Fare Share’s assistance at last year’s Christmas Carol Concert and Martin presented Claire with a cheque for £250 in support of their valuable work. In turn Claire extended an invitation to Rotarians to visit the distribution depot based in Southampton
Last Saturday, at the new Marks and Spencer Food Hall in Eastleigh, we collected £176 for the Hurricane IRMA Appeal. This money will go towards buying the two ShelterBoxes that Eastleigh Rotary Club are donating to the appeal. These boxes will be sent to the Caribbean Islands where so many people have lost their homes and livelihoods.
Thousands of people have been made homeless in the wake of Hurricane Irma – and there are other hurricanes on the way. The ShelterBox provides emergency shelter (tent) and tools for families deprived of their homes by disasters such as Hurricane Irma. There aim is to transform despair into hope.
Rotary International is a project partner with ShelterBox, a UK charity. By working together with Rotary, ShelterBox are able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that they can support more communities in desperate need of shelter.
Rotarians and Rotary groups across the world support ShelterBox in a variety of ways, from raising funds to providing support on the ground during our response to a disaster. This enables us to cross boundaries and cut through red tape to reach even the most remote communities.
This partnership has helped ShelterBox to become who they are today. The global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.
2017 Classic Car Show
Rotary Club of Eastleigh help at the Classic Car Show at the Concorde Club. Despite the weather the Club had a great day helping to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace by marshalling the many car parks for the show. Many thanks to all our volunteers and next year will be dry – I promise!
We, at Eastleigh Rotary, support a wonderful charity called the Philippine Community Fund. Educating children and training people for work, are just 2 of the worthwhile things this charity does. You can help, not by putting your hand in your pocket, though this helps too, but by saving all the ring-pulls from cans and giving them to us.
This is just one of the wonderful items they are used for. Bags, purses, jewellery – all can be made from ring-pulls. Silver ones are great and coloured ones even better. These items are then sold to locals and to shops abroad and the funds raised used to help even more children and families receive an education. With an education, anything is possible.
Please help. Christmas and New Year are coming and lots of cans will be opened throughout the celebrations. Please collect your ring-pulls and when you have enough and want to pass them to us, just contact us via this website.
The Rotary Club of Eastleigh hosted our inaugural Dragon Boat Race at Lakeside on Sunday 9th August 2015. Seven teams took part in heats and a grand final in superb sunny conditions. Dragon Boat Events Ltd supplied the equipment and expertise and Eastleigh Borough Council provided the venue at Lakeside. A great day was had by competitors and spectators alike and we look forward to having more take part next year (June 26 2016) and raising even more money for some great causes.
Filmed and edited by Andrew Goode
Christmas collections are in full swing. Kerry decided she may collect more as a snowman than a real person!!
Anne and Mo went on a visit to the Help For Heros center on Thursday. We presented a cheque for £100 donation from the club. We had an interesting and moving day hearing how the charity supports wounded ex service people, and their families.
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Rotarians helped at Eastleigh Borough Council’s Christmas parade and light switch on. Members marshalled road closure points and helped with crowd control. The weather brightened up for the amazing firework display – an excellent start to Christmas.
President Peter Knight having taken part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Eastleigh.