The Weald Of Kent Rotary Club

The North Downs Walk

Inaugurated in 1985 the North Downs’ walk has to date attracted over 14,000 walkers and raised over £500,000 for charity including £270,000 for Cancer Research UK. The Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent was proud to be receive a Special Commendation in 2018 as Community Organisation of the year and was presented with CRUK’s Flame of Hope for outstanding Fund raising achievements.

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Art & Craft Show

The Art and Craft Show was originally conceived over 30 years ago as an annual event providing an opportunity for local aspiring artists (especially young people) to exhibit and even sell their work. A little later it was expanded to include crafts which has proved to be very popular. The exhibition provides an occasion where artists can discuss their work with people attending the show while enjoying socialising. An exhibitor at the show subsequently launched a successful professional career. It was never intended to be a fund-raiser but where some money is made this has been used to purchase Shelter Boxes.

Food Bank
Covid 19 has created a “new normal” where we have been unable to meet physically as a club but this has not stopped us using our initiative to arrange and manage a donation point in Sainsbury’s Local for Maidstone Food Bank.
Local Schools
We also have a very good symbiotic relationship with local schools whose pupils act as volunteers at our events which helps us but also provides them with life skills that they would otherwise maybe never gain.

Action in the community

Community activity is at the heart of what we do. We are always looking for worthwhile causes to support, especially those that might be very specific local needs, be it for individuals or organisations.

We provided a much-needed defibrillator in Headcorn, as well as a keyboard for the local Patient Participation Group by organising Christmas concerts given by the Ashford Invicta singers – sponsorship from local businesses is a great way to boost the profits as seen below.

Other events, such as film shows, Headcorn May Fayre, Christmas market, barn dances, cricket matches, all help us to raise money to be spent on local and national causes like Help for Heroes, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Royal British Legion, Brownies, Guides, Headcorn church, Scouts, Dandelion Time etc., as well as individuals in need of help and support.

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