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With media support Comic Relief was able to raise around £80million. Wow! – won’t that make a huge difference to thousands of lives.

Rotary cannot claim to raise such an impressive amount on a single day but we do make a significant difference by raising quite a lot of money all year round and providing a service to our communities. In this article I will give a flavour of fundraising events and recent successes.

Firstly - some ‘Eggstraspecial’ news! Werrington Rotary Club is once again organising a Giant Easter Egg Raffle. Even dentists allow indulgence at this time of the year so why not take a chance. The egg, costing over £60, has been donated and is the first prize in the raffle.

Tickets, just 50pence each, will be on sale on Saturday March 28 at the entrance of M&S at the Brotherhood Retail Park, Peterborough. Look for the yellow Rotary bibs and display stand. Money raised will support a number of local charities. It will fund the ‘Dictionaries for Life’ to be presented to primary school leavers in July. Some will also go to the Anthony Nolan Trust (the charity supported by this year’s president, Al Good). Why not support us. Go along and buy a ticket.

On the last Friday in February, Macmillan’s national annual quiz was held simultaneously all over the country. Of course Rotary wanted to help this worthy charity. Peterborough Rotary Club staged their quiz where 200 people gathered at the Thorney Lakes Golf Club. Guided by quizmaster and local radio celebrity Keith Dalton an impressive 25 teams raised over £1,200 on the night.

A couple of months earlier, Ortons Rotary Club organised a quiz at Nene Park Academy, a perfect venue. Questions were written by Dave Pennell, a great quizmaster ably assisted by his wife Jane who kept us all in touch with the score. The evening flowed along happily and everyone enjoyed the platter of meats, pork pie and cheeses at half time. Together with money from the raffle and the bar almost £1,700 was raised on the night.

It is a few years since Ortons held one of their celebrated Race Nights. This year the event was resurrected and Nene Park Academy once again generously offered both the venue and technology to show the races. With a raffle and licensed bar almost £1,900 was raised on the night. Two Ortons members were in New Zealand at the time, enjoying a Rotary Friendship Exchange. Unable to attend the Race Night they generously rounded up the shortfall. Once again members and partners provided the now famous Ploughman’s supper. The evening was superbly organised with an efficient team of tote collectors, odds calculators, ticket sellers, payers-out to winners and an excellent and professional host. A great time had by all thanks to Rotary!

Footnote: All local Rotary Clubs are sending money for Shelterboxes to be sent to Vanuatu - more of that later.