BURTON Albion supporters are being urged to dig deep for a charity collection at the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon.Members and volunteers from the Bretby Rotary Club will be holding a bucked collection outside the Pirelli Stadium prior to kick off this afternoon.
As you entered the Pirelli Stadium this afternoon you will have encountered various members of the Rotary Club of Bretby – identifiable by their hi-vis Rotary tabards – collecting money.
We all know that Rotary is a worldwide service organisation dedicated to utilising its members’ time and talents to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves, but where exactly is the money collected today going? The answer is - to a range of good causes covering local, national and international projects and activities – and with ALL of the money going where it can do most good, with no incidental expenses eating into the sum raised. Locally, Bretby President Jarvis Whitehead has set the Club the challenge of raising £10,000 to assist local charity CREST in the purchase of a replacement minibus.
CREST provides a range of sports and social activities for young people and adults with learning difficulties and needs the bus to collect, transport and return its clients to and from these activities, which include stays at a holiday chalet in Wales. Nationally, Rotary supports Aquabox and Shelterbox – both started by Rotary clubs in this country – which provide supplies of fresh water and shelter to those affected by natural disasters, not just abroad but also in this country – think of the recent floods in the north. Rotary’s most high-profile international initiative began many years ago when it set out to eradicate polio worldwide in time for Rotary’s centenary in 2005. Unfortunately wars have prevented the inoculation programmes central to its success from taking part in some affected regions, but polio is now restricted to just 2-3 countries, and declining fast. So, if you would like to make your own contribution to making a difference, however small, to someone’s life, next time you see a Rotarian with his/her collecting tin, please give generously – better still, enquire about joining Rotary yourself.
The Rotary Club of Bretby’s Membership Officer is Andrew Smart who can be contacted on 01283 534946 or at Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org.