The Club held its AGM on 25th April with the Committee Chairs updating the members on all the good work done during the year, including …

Christchurch Living Advent Calendar

This year £21,610.87 was raised for 23 local charities & the Club’s own Charity Fund (see the CLAC website for a complete list o the charities) in addition to continuing to build both our relationships with the sponsors & charities & the those directly between sponsors & charities.

International Committee

The Committee has supported ‘Medic to Medic’ in Malawi’ in sponsoring 2 Optometrist students who would otherwise not have the finances to complete their course.

Provided loans through Lendwithcare to a pig farmer in Ecuador; the Mindina Womens Co op farm in Malawi & Bunrueang, a lady pig farmer in Thailand.

Supported the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project, Mary’s Meals, African Adventures (to feed schoolchildren in Kenya) & Ripple Africa to sustain their library and learning centre in Malawi for 1 month.

Foundation Committee

Donated £2700 to the Rotary Foundation.

Raised £1700 for EndPolioNow through the successful Wine Tasting event in February.

Youth Committee

Has provided financial assistance to a number of different organisations (£3144 in total). From local schools, sports teams & scouts to Christchurch Foodbank & Somerford Arc, as well as helping our local school entrants in some of the Rotary Youth Competitions held in the area.

Community Service Committee

Made grants  to:

* Rotary Heartbeat House running costs £500

*Justice Advice Project £250

* Christchurch Foodbank £333

* Salvation Army £500

* £500 each to Macmillan Caring Locally, Water Lily cafe, Christchurch  Support Kabin & Christchurch Rotary club’s own charity account from the £2000 raised by the Christmas Collections 

* Listening Ear Feather banners £260

* Burton Football Strip £250 

Other Initiatives

* Collected provisions for Christchurch Foodbank 748 Kgs of provisions and £105 in cash

* Assisted with Living Advent Calendar project 

*Organised Street collection for Rotary Ukraine Appeal (£600+)

*Provided volunteers  to help Somerford ARC Christmas lunch and each Wednesday 

*Continuing to support the Somerford ARC initiative in acquiring a minibus. 

All this in addition to the ongoing dedicated efforts of our Trustees & Social & Administration Committees.

Quite an eventful year !