Laura from Sport in Mind presented a brief update in which she exaplained that due to the pandemic all but two of the staff had been furloughed but that activities had just re-started. A walk round Prospect Park was well attended and a new activity, Tai Chi, was due to begin this week. The charity are also expanding into other nearby counties.
Rotary Club of Reading Santa Run Race Director Graham Broadhurst presents Laura Brooks Development Director of Sport In Mind with a cheque for £4,400.
Ironically the Santa Run cheque was presented on the hottest day of the year! Sport In Mind are one of several charities to benefit from the 2019 Santa Run.
Reading Rotary Club member Simon Creffield accepting The Terry Simpson Memorial Golf Trophy from fellow club member and last year's winner Peter Webb at Mapledurham Golf Club on Wednesday 22nd July. The tournament was organised by Reading Abbey Golf Society (RAGS) in memory of Terry who was a Past President of their Club. This is the fourth year the trophy has been won by a member of the Reading club, previous winners were Jack Holt and Graham Broadhurst.
Centenary celebration projects - 5 suggestions have been made so far, 2 in Africa and 3 in Reading. Members can read more details here>
Golf day cancelled. Sadly our Golf Day will have to be postponed because the Golf Club are not reopening their catering provision.
Reading Mayor, Councilor David Stephens, provided a personal view of the role and fielded some tough quesotins from our members
he Village of Hope in India have received our
food bank donations which were gratefully acknowledged. There are some photos here>
Stephanie Parker, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager, together with Carole and Janet, CLIC Sargent volunteers, delivered a very powerful and moving presentation about the work of this very worthwhile charity supporting
Young lives Vs cancer. You can read more about the charity here>
May 2020: The Fostering Team from Brighter Futures for Children delivered an inspiring talk and presentation at our online meeting on 26th May. If you would like to find out more, then please visit their website here>
Food donations: During these unprecedented times members of Reading Rotary Club are donating to Reading Food Bank, Orum, Amani and now the Village of Hope in India.
Reading Rotary goes online: The club held its first meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 12th May at which Arlene Kersley, CE of Reading YMCA explained the work of organisation and how they offer education and support to youngsters ranging in age from pre-schoolers to their mid-twenties. More details can be seen in the slides here. The club were proud to present YMCA a virtual cheque for £4,800 to provide techincal equipment for their IT training room.
On Saturday 29th February, one of our club members will be sleeping under the stars
or clouds outside Greyfriars Church as part of CIRDIC's second Sleepout in favour of the Charity's funds. CIRDIC in Berkeley Avenue is the first port of call for homeless people in the town and we work hard to keep them alive with food, clothing, baths and visits from medical and other professionals. They help them to move on, often to Launchpad. Please sponsor Eric either directly of via Paypal.me here>