Cranleigh Rotary Begins A Busy 50th Anniversary Year

Members of the Cranleigh Under 14 Girls Cricket Team in their Rotary-sponsored playing kit

At the beginning of Cranleigh Rotary’s 50th anniversary year, Club members have been busy raising funds for charity and assisting various groups, both in the local community and overseas.

Brian Arendell’s year as Club President ended with a flurry of activity. On 13 June, visiting Rotarian Roger Stent was presented with a cheque for £1,000 for his project supporting Nankhomo School in Malawi.

The Club’s support for local schools and youth continued with donations of illustrated dictionaries to pupils at Park Mead School, following on from financial donations to provide learning resources for other local primary schools.

Meanwhile, Cranleigh Rotary financed Kids Out, an event that is held each year. This year, the Club enabled students and staff from Jigsaw School to enjoy a day visit to Chessington World of Adventure. The Club has also provided financial support to three of the local girls cricket teams, which are now resplendent in new playing outfits.

Cranleigh Rotarian Andy Kolmar presenting dictionaries to students at Park Mead School

Cranleigh Rotarians also braved the sweltering weather on 29 June to cater for the hungry crowds at the Village Fair, providing the usual menu of delicious burgers, hot dogs, bacon buns and cheeseburgers. All profits will go towards Rotary charities. The following day, Rotarians and friends helped at Cranleigh Show by staffing the horse walk.

Cranleigh Rotarian James Phiri has also played a leading role in the delivery of a container full of supplies and equipment to a rural medical centre in Zambia.

Two major Rotary events coming up are a Festival of Model Railways and a 50th anniversary sponsored walk. The Festival of Model Railways, which is taking place on Saturday, 21 September, will be held in three venues on Village Way, Cranleigh. All profits will go to support the CHASE children‘s hospice in Guildford.

Between 4th and 6th October, Cranleigh Rotarian Gill Leslie will be carrying out a 50th anniversary sponsored walk. Gill will cover 50 miles across the beautiful Surrey Hills in order to raise funds to support two Rotary-supported development projects in Zambia.

Further details about all of these activities and events can be found on the web at  

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