Rotary during lockdown

This year is, of course, a year like no other. We have been busy in lockdown and continue to meet virtually, a practice that will form part of the routine even after lockdown and which has allowed participation by Rotarians wherever they find themselves.

The annual 10k Road Race became a virtual race for local people that saw over 50 residents of Alresford and Four Marks run the 10k route and send their times into us. In return, they received a medal in the form of a biscuit baked by Arlebury Café owner Becky Smith. The money raised will be donated to the local NHS and to support local hardship cases.

Our charitable donations have continued; over the past 12 months we have given over £14,000 to local and international charities. Locally we have provided £4,500 for benches on the Watercress Way, £1000 to Ropley Primary School and £1000 towards the Eel House restoration, plus numerous smaller donations to those in need and other good causes. Overseas donations have included £1500 for the provision of medical supplies in Zimbabwe and continued support for Michael Clarke’s SEPIA work in Ghana.

Mass participation events will be difficult over the coming months, as there is so much uncertainty over-rules and permissions that planning is almost impossible for a small charitable organisation. So, after all these years, the decision has been taken not to hold the torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks. We’re looking into what we might be able to do to keep something in the calendar, but it won’t be nearly as spectacular or so much of a community event.

So, after all these years, the decision has been taken not to hold the torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks. We’re looking into what we might be able to do to keep something in the calendar, but it won’t be nearly as spectacular or so much of a community event. We will keep you informed.

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