We’re for Communities
It’s often said that society works better when communities work together. From food banks to flood relief, marathons to music festivals, Rotary is always making a difference in our communities. The opportunities with Rotary are endless – here’s just a few of the ways Kingston Rotary is helping:
- Adult Achievement Awards: Supported jointly by Kingston’s Adult Education Service and Kingston College, the Rotary Club of Kingston holds an awards ceremony at the Guildhall where the Mayor presents certificates to people who have fulfilled personal ambitions in further education in spite of experiencing difficulties and against all the odds. The Head of Culture at RBK and Chief Commissioner for Children’s Services commented on the Adult Achievement Awards. “I enjoyed the awards very much. It serves as a reminder of the struggles and endeavour which people go through in their lives and of the benefits which adult education can bring. I appreciate the work that Rotary do, and it is interesting to hear of the other projects you are involved in.”
- Mary Preston Holidays: Kingston Rotary provides funding for people to attend an Inner Wheel (part of the Rotary family – see Inner Wheel page under Join Us) organised and hosted week’s holiday for someone in need of, or who would benefit from a holiday, non-means tested.
- Senior Citizen’s Entertainment: Many of our senior citizens have difficulty in getting out to enjoy the many things that most of us take for granted. Each year the Club has a programme of four winter evening film shows for the senior citizens when Club members pick them up, take them to the show and return them home. Refreshments are provided before the film and the evening ends with a fun raffle. Those wishing to take part in this should enquire at their day centre, or email our Secretary.
- Kids Out: From a small beginning in 1990 when Kingston Rotary Club organised a day out to Thorpe Park for 200 disabled/disadvantaged children, this enterprise has now grown into a nationwide Rotary activity which in 2012 saw 28,000 children attending venues all over the UK. Nowadays Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton and Walton on Thames Rotary Clubs join together to organise and host annual trips to Chessington World of Adventures. On 10 June 2015 we hosted a fun day out for local children who might otherwise never be able to have an experience which most of us would take for granted. We are also providing for carers/teachers who will accompany and give specialist care to their charges. If you want to see more visit www.kidsout.org.uk
- Dragon Boat Racing: If you are looking for a great day out by the river then do not miss the annual Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge at Canbury Gardens, Kingston. Hundreds of competitors in up to 48 teams battle it out on the river to determine who makes it into the exciting final. Market stalls, sideshows and bouncy castles and rides for the kids go to make this a fun filled day, that each year raises thousands of pounds for local charities. If you wish to take part in the racing – no experience necessary, and you will be given training (and buoyancy aids, just in case) – find out more by clicking here.
- Fireworks: Kingston Rotary Club and Kingston Round Table jointly host a community Firework display in Kingsmeadow Athletic Stadium each November. A display full of colour, noise and excitement set to music, as well as children’s fairground rides, a wide range of refreshments, and music and fun provided by Radio Jackie DJs live in the arena before the big display. Funds raised by this event go to local charities.
- Christmas activities: Santa’s sleigh takes to the streets of Kingston on the run up to Christmas.
So do you want to get involved and support our local community? If so get in touch with us today