Call for entries to Rotary Dragons Den

DUKINFIELD and Stalybridge Rotary Club’s annual Dragons Den will again be held virtually because of Covid-19.

The event enables local charities and community groups to apply for Rotary funding for a project during the forthcoming year.

And 2021, despite further lockdowns, will be no exception.

Club president Judi Kelly explained: “We ran Dragons Den last year during the first national lockdown and gained valuable experience in how to conduct it virtually.

“Then our Local Heroes’ presentations later in the year gave us the opportunity to stage an event using Zoom, which was a great success. We plan to put all the skills we’ve learned to good use now in running the Dragons Den this year.”

Rotary is one of the world’s largest service organisations and the club is strongly rooted in the Dukinfield and Stalybridge community.

Judi added: “We recognise local charities are seeing an increase in the demand for their services during the pandemic while often experiencing a drop in income, whether from individual donations or from funding.

“With that in mind we felt it was more important than ever to hold the Dragons Den again this year and give those charities and local groups an opportunity to apply for Rotary funding for a project that will benefit the local community.

“In the recent past our Dragons Den has donated to a wide range of charities including those helping children and young people, animal welfare charities and those providing community facilities or services. We hope to see a similarly wide range of applications again this year.”

To apply, please email rotarydands@gmail.com or call 07478 946454 and Judi will send you an application form.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 22 and the criteria for entry is charities or local groups located in Dukinfield, Stalybridge or Mossley with a project that will benefit the local community.

The Den event is scheduled for Thursday, April 29 using Zoom. Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange for them to join the event virtually.

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