Many Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland have been supporting their local communities during this covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown. One example is the large amount that has been donated to local food banks, as we all recognize the increased demand for their services. Many clubs normally have a meal with their meeting so club members have donated the amount that they would normally spend on a meal. Other clubs have made donations from their charity funds and others have collected additional funds for the food banks.
Joy Arnott, a member of Pangbourne Rotary and a past District Governor for our District, has been collecting information from clubs each week since the lockdown. In the first six weeks of the UK lockdown, to 5th May, clubs in the Thames Valley District have donated £76,725 to their local food banks and other similar organisations.
An amazing achievement!
Oxford Spires Rotary does not normally have a meal at our club meetings, but some of us are still keen to support this, particularly since we are saving money while not travelling to work, so we have also been able to contribute a small amount to this initiative. We have chosen to support the Oxford Food Bank and Oxford Gatehouse. Both charities have had to amend their operations during the pandemic but are still able to support those in need in Oxford. Visit their websites to read more about how they are working.