The beneficiaries of charitable fundraising throughout 2017 by the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District have been announced. £2,350.00 of the money raised by club volunteers at events including the annual Bonfire Night and Santa float collections have been shared between local causes and the Rotary lead project. The beneficiaries are Crewkerne Action for the Disabled, funding for accessibility equipment, Promise Works – a Somerset wide mentoring charity, Purple4Polio, Water Survival Box and the Rotary Foundation which delivers projects around the world, designed to support education, promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene, save mothers and children and help communities to grow.
President of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District, Martin Holley said: “Supporting causes like this is what Rotary is all about. We’re here to make our community and the world a better place and thanks to the donations we’ve gathered, some excellent charities are able to keep up their good work. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has made this possible.” A Promise Works volunteer said: “I know that a donation like this makes a real difference for a child in our community. I have seen first-hand how funding a mentoring relationship can stop a child from feeling alone and vulnerable and instead help them to live safe, happy and valuable lives.”
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s campaign Purple4Polio is part of the final push by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Over 2.5 billion children have received vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary. The initiative has reduced the annual number of cases from 350,000 in 1988 to just 117 in 2017. Purple crocus corms sold at the Rotary’s Christmas shop which was staffed by Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Crewkerne, Rotary Club of Crewkerne District and ladies from the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne, are now producing buds and several community areas in Crewkerne that were planted with the corms last year, will display carpets of the purple flowers in the Spring.