|Rotary Santa Raises Over £2600|
The Rotary Club of Putney approaching 90 years old and looking for new members
Every year as Christmas approaches the streets of Putney receive a sppecial visit from Santa on his sledge. Organised by the Putney Rotary Club, this year they raised approximately £2,650 over the four nights.
Rotary was started more than 100 years in Chicago by Paul Harris, involved local businessmen meeting up in each other's offices on a rotational basis. Hence the name Rotary!
Rotary still combines a mixture of friendship and fellowship with charitable objectives. At the International level, Rotary has proudly fought for the total eradication of polio worldwide in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF...so that by the end of 2013 there are only small pockets of the disease remaining in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Nigeria.
Putney Rotary Club has recently sent resources to the Philippines after their devastating storms, through a donation to Shelter Box, as well as supporting a series of music therapy sessions at the Paddock School in Roehampton. Throughout the year the club supports projects in local schools like Young Musicians, Young Chefs, Youth Speaks. We have also organised trips to the theatre for residents in sheltered housing and taken local disabled children for days out to theme parks.The club sends Youth Exchange students abroad and is this year hosting postgraduate students from Japan and the USA as part of the Rotary Foundation Global Scholar programme. Putney is also fortunate to have a Rotaract Club - Rotaract is the part of the Rotary family aimed at 18-30 year olds.
Local meetings involve a light meal and often include a visiting speaker. Visitors are welcome and should complete the form on the club website ahead of their visit.
If you want more information on Rotary in general and the local club in particular, please visit our website at www.putneyrotary.org.uk or call Jim Maddan, the club's president on 07956366160 or email him at president@PutneyRotary.org.uk