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  • Rotarians mark milestone by raising £21,000 in just 12 months

    Danielle Thompson

    SOUTHPORT Rotary Club have been marking their 96th birthday – by raising more than £21,000 for charity in just one year!

    Tony Hill, from the club, revealed the funds were raised during the last 12 months for both local and overseas charities.

    He said: “Last month the club entertained over 80 friends, guests and fellow Rotarians at the Royal Clifton Hotel for dinner and changeover of President Michael Harrison to the new President Ian Cookson for this forthcoming year.

    “The charities we supported this year included the Southport Soup Kitchen, Southport Foodbank, Parenting 2000, Asda’s Christmas Food Parcels Appeal and we also helped to provide a special wheel chair for a local boy to help with his further education.

    “Overseas, we are helping to educate five children in Gambia; we bought a cow for a village in Africa and are providing financial support for the Caribbean disaster earlier this year.

    “We have supported both financially and given time to the annual Young Musicians competition, also the Young Chef competition. We have paid for a young sixth former to go on a week long youth development experience in Wales.

    “As part of the world wide Rotary association, with the support of the Bill Gates Foundation, we work hard to fundraise to help to eliminate polio in Asian countries.

    “As well as this, more than 10,000 purple crocus corms were planted in the traffic island at Hesketh Park in support of the Purple for Polio campaign.

    “Everything that the club raises goes back into the communities.”

    If you would like to find out more about the club or join them, email Tony at tonyhill2@btopenworld.com

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