Farnborough Rotary Club’s Christmas Float Charity Collection 2020
Dated 4th January 2021

As you are aware this has been a challenging year for the Club as we have sought to maintain our long tradition of collecting much needed Charity funds during the period leading up to Christmas.

Mindful of the need to protect the health and wellbeing our of collectors and the public and to ensure that we operated in a Covid-19 safe way we took the difficult decision not to carry out our normal street collections, supported by our colourful Christmas Float and Santa Claus, but to focus solely on static collections in North Camp, Costco, Princesmead and Queensmead.

In addition, we opened a JustGiving page and invited direct payments into our Charity Account.

We are extremely grateful to all those within our community who kindly made donations, either in person or on- line, which has enabled us to collect a total of £4428.29. Although, as expected, this is less than the £15000 we collected last year it will nevertheless enable us to continue supporting deserving causes locally.

Thank you also to the site owners for kindly allowing us to position our Float outside their premises and to Rushmoor Borough Council for its support.

Together we have continued to make a difference.

Rotary is still active and open for business. Though you won’t see us in public view for a while we are still working with the community.

In the Farnborough club we have reasonable funds available both for general charitable purposes and for immediate COVID-19 needs. Just ask and we’ll see if can help.

General charity requests will go through our regular assessment procedures of review, ranking in terms of need, judgement as to whether we contribute and if so what amount. COVID-19 requests can be assessed more quickly.

In either case we view most favourably those which are local and are for a specific purpose. We like to see our contribution making a difference. After all most of our money comes from you. In the last few days for example we have bought material for a group making PPE, particularly scrubs, for local care homes.

If you have seen something on our website that interests you or you want to make an enquiry on any Rotary related issue, please contact us by completing the form below. We will get back to you by email, or if you would like to talk, please call us on 0300 722 701

Welcome To Farnborough Rotary Club

If you have a job that takes most hours of your day, or you have a family with all of the children’s activities doing the same to you, it has probably never occurred that it does not have to be a barrier to occasionally getting off the work and family treadmill.

Farnborough Rotary Club is typical of the many clubs both in the UK and throughout the world where a level of commitment is needed, but for the first time there is now a way to get involved in the club’s activities, but without the need to commit, unless you can see a wee gap in your crazy lifestyle! That way is called Associate Membership, a membership aimed at very busy people.

If you live locally, you will already be aware that Farnborough Rotary organises a number of local highlights such as the Donkey Derby on the late May Bank Holiday, Music in the Park every other year in July, and the Christmas float collections around the streets of Farnborough and in local shopping centres every December.

Whilst we are known for these high-profile events, we also raise money or donate from our own funds to support Shelterbox and other aid charities helping with disaster relief in all parts of the world.  As a part of the worldwide Rotary International organisation we have contributed to the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign that has almost eradicated polio. 

On top of all this, we have many activities that are never publicised, including some great social occasions. The backgrounds of the men and women in our club are many and varied; we have a several ex-military (Army and RAF, but no Marines or Navy yet) a jeweller, an estate agent, sales and marketing people, a pharmacist, a union official, a retired GP and a few local councillors amongst our 50+ members. 

In fact, we are a real mix of personalities. 

If you feel you would like to get involved either as an Associate Member or as a full Rotarian to give back something to our local community, then please get in touch.  We are always looking for people with energy, enthusiasm and a little time on their hands and we would be delighted if you could join us at the Holiday Inn for one of our Thursday lunch meetings to see us in action and meet the members.  Even if you could not possibly get away from work to join us for lunch, we would still like to hear from you.

Please take a look at our Membership Information Pack and contact Sam Parkin…Email or call  07835 074421.



Images From A Recent Donkey Derby Day Out