Inevitably Covid-19 has had a major impact upon our ability to function at normal levels.
We are, however, still functioning!
The Community and Vocational Committee
The Community and Vocational Committee concerns itself with providing help and assistance – either directly or through other local charitable organisations – to those in need of support in the local community. It is, perhaps, the face of Rotary that many local people would recognise. Although Covid-19 has severely curtailed our activities during the pandemic (2020/1) we continue to function
What we do
We continue to raise funds for Katharine House Hospice and a number of other local charities.
We consider requests for financial help especially from those truly deserving causes , where a little help can make significant changes to local individuals/small charitable organisations but confess that through the pandemic funds have been more limited.
Through the pandemic our ability to stage major fundraising events has sadly been severely limited – insofar as concerts and public events have been impossible.
Another major fund-raising event has tradtionally been the Christmas Collections at Supermarkets. Although the normal supermarket arrangements were not possible we nonetheless were able to collect over £2000 for Katharine House and other charities at various (mostly outdoor) venues in the town centre.
Brightening up community areas
The purple for polio campaign entails planting thousands of crocuses in public areas to both brighten up such areas and at the same time draw attention to the purple for polio campaign to eradicate this disease from the planet.
By providing polio vaccine and the accompanying logistics rotary has all-but eliminated the disease. Afganistan and Pakistan are two countries yet to be declared polio-free and so the project continues towards total elimination
Banbury Rotary Club regularly fund and deliver Christmas food parcels for members of the local community that have been identified as most in need. This has gone ahead during the pandemic but with some changes as a consequence of the lock-downs.
Providing stewards or marshalls
E.g. To respond positively wherever possible to requests from locally centred charities for us to act as marshalls / stewards, at events such as The Banbury Show, the Tour de Triggs or various events at Broughton Castle. ( Sadly it is not always possible to support all the requests for help with the finite resources we have available.)
The one large-scale event that has gone ahead is, of course, covid-19 vaccinations and Banbury Rotary has been highly active here offering assistance as marshalls at a vaccination centre in Banbury.
To deliver on all these activities requires all Rotarians to continue to give up a little of their time and energy, the results of which can be truly satisfying and great fun achieving.
Who have we helped?
The list below is meant to be illustrative rather than comprehensive of some of the events or charities we’ve provided help for over the past years:
- Covid Vaccinations
- Katharine House
- Syrian Refugees in Cherwell
- Laptops for students
- Dogs for Good,
- The Beacon Centre
- The Sunshine Centre
- Children Seen and Heard
- The Samaritans,
- etc etc