FUND RAISING

On average, Surbiton Rotary Club raises £1,000 per month for good causes
SURBITON CAFE BRIDGE

 

The second cafe bridge in Surbiton took place on Tuesday 6th August. The day was organised by Victor Lesk and Pauline Finn for Rotary Charities including African Vision Malawi.


There were 96 entrants who played duplicate bridge rotating around six cafes where they also had lunch. We are grateful to the Surbiton Brasserie, Italian Taste, Victoria, Duke and Zizzis for helping us out. A special thanks to the Surbiton Club who were our host venue for the day.


The winners were Shirley Pritchard and Julie Gardiner who are pictured receiving their prizes from President Malcolm Finn. Just under £1000 was raised for the Charities and a fun day was had by all.

RACE NIGHTS
 

Every March we invite friends, relatives and our sister clubs in Kingston to enjoy a night of fine food, great wine, much frivolity and, most importantly, a chance to have a flutter on the horses. The big event takes place at The Holiday inn.

Regularly, over 100 guests get the chance to bet on horse races projected on to a large screen and nominated charities gain much needed funds from those who don't back a winner.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS
 

For many residents of Surbiton, the sound of the Rotary Santa sleigh coming down their street is the beginning of Christmas. For nearly 50 years, our erstwhile milk float sleigh has helped us collect tens of thousands of pounds from the generous folk of the town.

Playing festive songs, carols and hymns on it's journey down as many streets as we can manage, Santa will give a wave, a hug and have his picture taken to help kick off the festive season. Long may we yo-ho-ho for another 50 years.

CAR BOOT SALES

 

During 2014 and 2015 the Rotary Club organised four Car Boot Sales in the car park of Sandown Racecourse, Esher.

 

This was an ideal location alongside the busy Portsmouth Road and with plenty of car parking for sellers and buyers. The events were held in June and October each year and attracted around 50 buyers. These four boot sales resulted in a total profit of £1,520, enabling the club to provide valuable support to local and national good causes and raising the profile of Rotary among those attending and passing by.

SURBITON FESTIVAL
 

Since 1992, Surbiton Rotary have been at the forefront of the towns main festival. It is a time when everyone involved in the Surbiton Community can come together and celebrate how great living, working or playing in such a lovely place can be.

In addition to insuring the whole event, key Rotarians have played their part on the organising committee for over 25 years. The main festival day – normally the last Saturday in Septemeber each year – attracts over 20,000 people into the town.

© 2017 by Bob Noble

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