October was largely spent by Retford Rotary Club members in preparation for a great variety of events – both fun and fundraising.
If you attended the Festival of Remembrance in Retford Town on 11th November, visited the Victorian Fayre at Ye Olde Bell on 16th November, bagged a bargain on the toy stall on the Friday Market on 17th November, or visited the stall at the Christmas Market and Tree Lighting on 26th November, the Rotary Club would like to offer its thanks.
The support and participation of the people of the area is what makes these events and fundraising so successful and enables the Club to help so many local good causes. Details of funds raised and beneficiary organisations will be published in the near future.
The Rotary Club is participating in the St Swithun’s Christmas Tree Festival, running from Friday 24th November to Monday 4th December. Go along and see all the decorated trees and see what the Retford Rotary Club has been up to in recent times!
The Annual Street Collection is on 2nd December, and there is still enough time to join in with the Retford Rotary Santa Run on 10th December. Sign up at www.rotaryclubofretford.co.uk/pages/santa-run and get your Santa suit ready!
A large contingent of Club members have supported the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal this year. Volunteers were pleased to staff the poppy sales stall in Asda for two days in early November. The Club also had a thought-provoking presentation from Guide Dogs, including meeting one of the dogs – Jackie, a fantastic Black Labrador.
Finally, the plight of people in Ukraine remains in the Club’s mind. They have joined in with a Rotary initiative to provide boxes of educational and entertaining activity materials for children and young people in shelters. The boxes started their journey to Ukraine at the beginning of November and are hopefully by now bringing them some distraction and light relief amid the chaos of the ongoing conflict.