Club members work together to organise events and projects to raise funds for worthy charitable causes.
We regularly receive requests from individuals looking for sponsorship for their own events, or towards them volunteering overseas and seeking financial assistance. The club does not have the financial resources to make grants to individuals and any such requests will receive a polite negative reply.
Some recent club initiatives are set out below
This event on Sunday 27th February 2017, in Aid of the Stop polio campaign, took place at the Botanic Gardens in Oadby.On a cold and windy day,Rotarian volunteers stood for an hour at a time, with collection buckets, raising funds for the End Polio Now campaign. Entry to the event was free, but visitors contributed generously and donated £522 on the day. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute double everything we raised, so the event has provided £1,566 towards the campaign. There have been just 35 cases of polio diagnosed in 2016, compared to 380,000 cases in 1985 when the eradication programme began. Fortunately the crocus were in full bloom and made a superb display.
Happy children in Hohoe
Children from the Alavanyo Agoxoe Basic School in Hohoe in Eastern Ghana, close to the border with Togo admire their new books supplied by the Rotary Club of Leicester. The Club worked with the Rotary Club of Hohoe and the support of a Foundation Grant to supply books to six schools in the Hohoe area. Kofi Agyemang-Benchie from the Hohoe Club said that this had been a wonderful project to supply much needed books, they will be using them to ignite the spirit of competition among the students in the area of academics. The books will provide a long term education facility to the youth of Hohoe. The Leicester Club found the project very rewarding and hope to maintain links with Hohoe and to develop other projects in the future.
Happy Children in Hohoe_____________________________________________________________________
Donations made by the Benevolent Committee 2016
1st South Wigston boys and girls brigade
Royal National Institute for the blind – Talking books
Leicestershire Education Business Company preparing young people for life in Leicester
Mablethorpe Childrens Home
Super Hero Fun Run 2016
This was the third staging of this annual event. All entrants were provided with a Superhero mask on the day.
When Sunday 17th April 2016 Registration from 9.30
Superhero warm up at 10.40 courtesy of Fitness Bank
Superhero Fun Run starts at 11.00am
Where 5km route and 2km route for miniheroes at Abbey Park , Leicester
Prizes There were prizes galore for the best dressed superhero, best dressed team and if you had a super-pooch then there was even a prize for the ‘best dressed superhero dog competition!’
The competiton was held at 10.30 before the commencement of the run.
Grateful thanks to our sponsors The Fitness Bank, Sturgess Motor Group, and Edwards Hands and Lewis, solicitors
The participants raised approximately £2,500 for their chosen charities and the entry fees of approximately £1,000 were divided evenly between the Rotary club of Leicester and the Rotary club of Leicester De Montfort. Approximately £500 was given to Leicester Charity Link and £500 to Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes.
In all probability the event will run again in 2017
Please visit www.superherofunrun.co.uk for an entry form and further details.
This 110 mile circular walk took place over the week ending 19th June. Starting on the evening of Friday 17th at the visitor centre in Bradgate Park and ending in the afternoon of Sunday 19th at the same place. The aim was to raise at least £5,000 towards our Centenary Project, the redevelopment of the visitor centre at Bradgate Park. There were 11 stages in the walk, not all of equal distance. The legs ranged from 5 to 15 miles. Early indications are that the target was achieved.
For full details of the event and how to enter read the document below
To make an online donation, follow the link below:-
Every year, in June, the club takes a large group of disabled children for a day out at Wicksteed Park, Kettering. The event is supported by most other clubs in District 1070 and the park is full of happy smiling faces,the children playing on the swings and roundabouts, riding on the miniature railway, watershoot, astroglides and other facilities on offer. There is a break for a sandwich lunch and brief disco session in the pavilion. The children are supervised by their professional school carers, whilst Rotarians assist and distribute the meals. It is a highlight in the calendar of events for those who take part, and a joy to see the children enjoying their special day.
The 2016 event was held on Wednesday 8th June
AM-AM golf competition at The Leicestershire Golf Club
The Centenary Golf AMAM was held at The Leicestershire Golf Club on 15th June. The event raised over £6,000 towards the Centenary Appeal- A new Visitor Centre at Bradgate Park.
Blanson Ltd was the winning team with 91 stableford points, with Kyal Machine Tools 88 and Pick Everard 86. Others in the prizes were : Simon Pollard – nearest the pin, Malcolm Cramp – staaightest drive and Trevor Greenfield – putting competition.
A big thank you goes to the sponsors and helpers and to all 25 teams who participated in the day.
A photo of the prize presentation to the winning team is featured below and shows Richard Taylor, Paul Bonnett – Rotary President, Nick Turner, Andy Turner, Dave Gee and Simon Gravett – Rotary Organiser.
The format was 18 holes Stableford off 90% of handicap in teams of four, with the best two scores to count. Teams were comprised of Gentlemen, Ladies ,or Mixed, with handicap limits of 28 for Gentlemen and 36 for Ladies. Before or after play there was a putting competition enjoying two attempts free of charge. Competitors were invited to enjoy the running buffet which was included in the entry fee of £260 per team.
The Young Designer Competition 2016
The awards ceremony for the The Young Designer Competition 2016 took place on 18th June at De Montfort University. 35 entrants competed for the first prize of a full year’s mentoring from staff at DMU.
Further details of the evebnt and winners may be found by following the link below
RIBI National Golf Championships
The 30th National Final was held at The Leicestershire Golf Club again, on Monday 5th September 2016. An entry form and the Rules for the 2017 event are included below.
The winner of the event was the Rotary club of Chesterfield Scarsdale and the competition raised £4,284 towards the End Polio now campaign. As Bill and Melinda Gates contribute £2 for every pound raised by Rotary, the total contribution to the fund amounted to £12,852
This year, in order to widen participation from smaller clubs, entries of teams comprised of members of two different clubs within a District were permitted.
The 2017 event will be held at The Leicestershire Golf Club on Monday 4th September .
At Christmas time 2015, by kind permission of Tesco, we stood outside the store in Hamilton and collected on behalf of Age UK. Members and representatives from the charity attended for two hour sessions each from 9.00 am until 6.00pm over a three day period. The collection raised over £994.
In February 2015, Morrisons supermarket on the old cattle market site was the venue for a two day collection on behalf of the Marie Curie Daffodil appeal.
Donations made by the Benevolent Committee 2015
The club has approved donations to the charities listed below for 2015
Kids for Heroes, a charity supporting the families of armed forces personnel.
DEBRA, a charity dedicated to helping children with acute skin conditions.
Intercare, a charity providing medical aid for Africa.
Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance service, a charity providing emergency medical assistance by helicopter.
Prostaid, a local charity providing support for sufferers from prostate cancer.
The Life Education Centre for Leicestershire and Rutland.
A grant to the E Ranger project to contribute to the costs of maintaining the motor cycle ambulances donated by the club in a previous year. The ambulances operate in Uganda, transporting pregnant women to hospital in order that they may give birth in the best possible surroundings.
Auction of promises
The Club held an Auction of Promises to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation, the Club’s Centenary Project to rebuild the visitors Centre at Bradgate Park and other Rotary supported charities. The online auction was open until 6.00 pm on Tuesday 17th November and bids had to be sent to a dedicated email address. A final ‘live’ auction was held at the Richard III Visitors Centre, 4A St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB on Wednesday 18th November 2015. Doors opened at 7.00 pm to view the Richard III exhibition and the auction started at 8.00 pm. Tickets were £10 each including canapés and a glass of wine or juice.
The final total raised was in excess of £4,500. Our thanks to all those who supported the event by bidding for the wide variety of lots. A big thank you to Rotarian John Saunders who planned the whole event and maintained the web page of online bids.
Little Faces School, Mombasa , Kenya
The Club has joined with other Rotary Clubs, schools and businesses around the UK by donating £225 to the Little Faces School Project in Mombasa, Kenya. The project was started in 2012 by Sally Harrison of the St Neots Rotary Club and is to support deprived children at a school in Mombasa, Kenya. Our donation will provide education and food for a year for two children and £105 towards the school’s annual day out and picnic. The charity is looking for schools, Rotary Clubs or individuals to sponsor a child at a cost of £60 per year, they also plan to build a new school adjacent to the current site. They have the support of the local Mombasa Rotary Club and of the seven trustees, three are Rotarians, two in the UK and one in Kenya. Currently 242 children are being sponsored.