THE year is getting off to a great start for more than 30 Tamworth charities, community groups and organisations as Tamworth Rotary Club prepares to hand out almost £30,000 in cash and donations.
This year’s Rotary Club element of the annual Santa Sleigh Appeal – which sees Santa touring the streets of Tamworth in the weeks leading up to Christmas – collected an amazing £29, 565.91 for good causes
Much of the money will be given out in the form of cheques during a special celebration evening in the town this month.
A variety of good causes across a range of sectors will benefit from the big hand out, with donations ranging in value from £100 to £1,000.
The long list of beneficiaries includes the many organisations which provided volunteers to knock on doors and collect donations during the Sleigh Appeal.
Among them are Newton Regis PTA, Dosthill WI, Austrey & Newton Regis Cricket Club, Care First, Changes, Tamworth Community Together CIC, Dosthill & Two Gates Residents Association, Dosthill Scouts, Dosthill Park Pre-School, Homestart, Speakability and the Friends of St Giles Hospice.
In addition, a number of groups have been selected to receive other donations of cash or vital equipment they need to aid their work.
These include Tamworth Samaritans, Unicorns Swimming Club, Have a Heart Campaign, Simon’s Heroes, Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre, National Memorial Arboretum and the Buddy Bag Foundation – with a few surprises to be thrown in on the night.
The celebration evening is being held at Bolehall Manor Club on Friday, January 25, from 7pm. The free event for all ages will include food, drink, entertainment, live music, special guests, candy cart, popcorn machine and photo booth.
As well beneficiaries, the event is also open to anyone interested in finding out more about Tamworth Rotary Club – whether that’s joining as a member, getting involved in fundraising activities, highlighting the work of other charities, or networking opportunities.
Handing out the donations will be one of the first major presidential duties in Rotary Club member Kyle Raffo’s year as president.
At 25, businessman Kyle is Tamworth Rotary Club’s youngest ever president and the gift-giving is an honour he’s really looking forward to.
Kyle said: “Rotary is all about giving back to the community and as a club we are currently giving back over £20,000 a year to charities and community organisations in the town; we’re on track to do the same again this year. Some of that will be handed out during the celebration evening this month.
“Most of the cash is raised during the club’s annual Santa Sleigh Appeal, plus our share of the proceeds from the Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-mile run, as well as various other fundraising activities.
“During my year as president I want to try and reach even more people if possible, because the more people who are involved, the more we can help.
“Being president does take an incredible amount of time, but what makes it special is being able to find these charities and organisations which need some help and making that possible for them. It’s a very rewarding role.
“The event on January 25 is about donating some much-needed funds and items or equipment that beneficiaries have identified they need to be able to continue and further their work. We are also extending the invitation to anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary and the work we do – whether that’s to get involved or request funding. Please just come along and see what we’re about.”
Rotary’s mission is to give something back and bring about positive change at a local level by helping to build strong communities.
Tamworth Rotary Club has around 30 members, men and women, ranging in age from 18 to 90, and is always looking for more people to join the group.
Anyone who would like more information about Rotary, or the celebration evening, can email firstname.lastname@example.org.