Groups receive Rotary cash windfall

CORONAVIRUS prevented local groups from entering the ‘Dragons Den’ to pitch for funding.

But the good news is that nine organisations still received a share of the £2,000 distributed by Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club.As a result of the lockdown, the usual event could not be held, However, undeterred, the club council used WhatsApp to discuss how to distribute the money among the applying charities before club members voted on their proposal.

As a result, the club made the following donations:
• Holy Trinity and Christ Church, £200 towards the cost of equipment for the youth club.
• Youth Adventure Tameside, £200 for canoe rescue throw lines
• Noah’s ART, £300 for new rabbit hutches.
• Youcan Youth and Community Group, £200 for top-soil and gardening equipment.
• 7th Stalybridge Scouts, £200 to improve the surroundings around the Scout Hut.
• St Paul’s Primary PTA, £300 for play equipment and playground repairs.
• Friends of Gorse Hall, £200 towards materials for volunteers to use.
• 2nd Stalybridge Scouts, £200 to improve their kitchen facilities.
• Carrbrook Community Hub, £200 towards the cost of kitchen equipment.

Catherine Brown, at Noah’s ART, said: “Thank you so much for your kind donation. This will be immensely useful in helping us with essential care for our 70 plus therapy animals whilst we are closed during the current crisis.”

Judi Kelly, community chair and president elect of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club, added:

“A recent survey by the Institute of Fundraising found that charities predict that their voluntary income will fall by 48 per cent on average due to coronavirus.

“With that in mind we felt it was essential to carry on with our Dragons Den in a virtual way so that we could get our Rotary funds to local charities as quickly as possible.

“Rotary is one of the world’s largest service organisations with 1.2 million members worldwide.

“During this national emergency our club members are supporting the Stalybridge and Dukinfield community, working in partnership with Action Together or volunteering for the new NHS responder role.”

• Find out more information about the Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club, the combination of community action and fellowship that it offers, the charities the club supports and how to join via Facebook, their webpage DandSrotary.co.uk or call 07730 586269.

Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about your local Rotary Clubs in the area visit the RIBI website www.rotarygbi.org

• Action Together offers a range of support to strengthen communities in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside: www.actiontogether.org.uk/

• NHS volunteer responder – join the NHS’s trusted list of volunteers by visiting goodsamapp.org/NHS

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