This year’s street collection by members of Cranleigh Rotary in the days before Christmas was a great success, raising more than £1,700 for various organisations and charities.
The main beneficiaries of the collection will be Cranleigh Scouts, and members of the local Scouts, accompanied by their parents, joined in the street collection for the first time.
“This is a magnificent achievement and I would like to thank everyone for giving up their time to make this such a great success,” said Rotary President Brian Arendell. “Once the figure for gift aid has been included, it is likely that the 50% contribution to Cranleigh Scouts from the collection will rise to at least £1,000. A great result.”
“We had a wonderful three days, very successful in lots of different ways,” said Rotarian Jane Briggs, one of the lead organisers. “Raising a total of just over £1,700, we collected £760 of that on the Saturday in just four hours! Rotarians often wore Santa hats, or, in some cases, full outfits, and on Saturday we had lots of help from the Scouts.
“In fact, between three and four in the afternoon in Stocklund Square, the Scouts entertained the public by singing carols and this went down very well!”
The Club has made the following donations:
£300 to Melody Memories, a support group for people who are suffering from dementia;
£350 for Macmillan Cancer Research;
£200 to Glebelands School to help with the cost of school prizes;
£200 for the Cranleigh Churches’ Christmas tea and concert;
£200 for the Churches‘ Christmas Lunch for those living on their own;
£250 to the Smart project for coordinating help available to disabled members of the community;
£285 for Parkinson’s disease research, raised from a sponsored walk by Rotarian Gill Leslie;
£900 for the BBC Children In Need Appeal;
Over £1,200 from the Santa Dash that will be used to provide books and other equipment for local primary schools.
More than £1,000 for Cranleigh Scouts.
In addition, the Cranleigh Club has once again joined St Nicolas Church to conduct the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for deprived Romanian children. The Club also paid £1,180 for two ShelterBoxes to be sent to the site of the disaster caused by the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck in Indonesia at the end of September.
Cranleigh Rotarian James Phiri continues to spearhead a number of development efforts in Zambia. These include delivery of medical supplies and equipment to the remote Chilubi Island Health Centre; fundraising for the Virtual Doctors Project; and efforts to proceed with the Rotary Eye Hospital and Rotary Jaipur Limb project. James has also delivered thousands of pens – provided by Rushmoor Rotary Club – to disadvantaged pupils in Kenya and Zambia.