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It’s a Careful Balancing Act

6 Balancing Act Bandits atttended the Newbury Rotary Club Quiz night on Friday to help raise £1300 for Newbury Riding for the DisabledTime To Talk West Berkshire Loose Ends and Home-Start West Berkshire.

The team from the Newbury office comprised: Andrea Aust, Loretta Whitehead, Belinda Bovingdon, Chris Harris, Jane Loxton and Chris Davies. Phil Kinzett-Evans attended, but he was on a competitor’s team, so we’re not adding photos of him!

We came a respectable mid-table in the quiz, but obviously won the ‘who ate the most chocolates’ round!

The Rotary Club

Our approach is to hold several events that build up funds and then make strategically timed donations that can be matched by various grants subsidies, for example, the Good Exchange offers matched funding for approved projects and so our supported charities will often register a scheme of support and we will make payment to time with those, so a £1,500 contribution towards, say, a replacement lighting and electrical project (RDA), is doubled in value to the charity and they get £3,000.

We don’t raise hundreds of thousands, but what we do makes a difference to small charities doing some good in the community and without the support of the people who attend those events, these things wouldn’t be independently viable (they don’t have large fundraising teams).

We also offer our skills to charities and so if they need someone who can help them with numbers, or a lawyer/HR adviser who can help them with paperwork for their employees, then we can offer those things to them either at low or no cost.

Rotary (and Newbury Rotary therefore) is a Worldwide membership organisation and is principally about two things:

1. Service above self; and
2. Fellowship – making friends and having fun in the process.

The scale of what Rotary does in GB&I and Internationally is incomprehensible. It is one of the largest and most successful charitable organisations globally. It was born out of a single vision by Peter Harris over 100yrs ago (who wanted to create a means of making friends whilst helping others) and over later years adopted a Worldwide mission to eradicate Polio, which has mostly been accomplished.

There are 35,000 members of Rotary in GB&I, all locally based and doing good on their communities, but also supporting the international projects of Rotary International: About Rotary – Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (rotarygbi.org)

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