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Lichfield St Chad
Welcome the Rotary Club of Lichfield St.Chad
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad (led this year by our President, David Ratcliffe) is a friendly, informal group of 22 or so people from all walks of life and is one of two Rotary clubs in Lichfield.
The Club has served the community of Lichfield for over thirty-six years, raising much needed funds for many local charities and running projects to foster community spirit and to encourage the talents of our young people. In addition, we also support Rotary's international causes which make change on a global scale - the eradication of Polio through Rotary's Polio-Plus campaign being just one example of many. The Club organises a number of local fund raising and social activities throughout the year, the most prominent of which is the well established ‘Cars in the Park’ event that in 2016 raised over £32,000 for Rotary charities and the other main charities involved in the event. In addition we have the Cathedral to Castle Run and the Ride4Health events which although relatively new to the club's calendar have successfully raised even more funds for our good causes.
We are also pleased to have a thriving Interact Club (one of over 20,000 round the world), based at the Friary School. This enthusiastic group of young people meets regularly and arranges various activities throughout the year to raise funds for good causes.
You can be assured of a very warm welcome if you come along to one of our weekly meetings (listed under the 'Events' button at the top left-hand of this page) where you can find out more about who we are and what we do and, more importantly, experience the fellowship of a unique group of people who put a lot into their Rotary life and also get a lot out of it.
If you would like to find out more about the Club, please use the Contact Us form.
Here are the dates for our key fundraising events this year:
9th April Cathedral to Castle Run (on 2 feet)
21st May Ride4Health (on 2 wheels)
1st & 2nd July Cars in the Park (on 4 wheels)
Our regular newsletter is full of information on our activities and if you would like to read it (in pdf format) please click on the attachment below.
Our amazing Interact Club has been very busy over the period leading up to Christmas. They collected 126 teddy bears and soft toys (occupying a volume of 1 cubic metre!), which have been sent to the Teddy Bear Trust for dsitribution to children around the world. They also held a 'Christmas Jumper Day' at the school, where students made a small donation for wearing silly jumpers on the day. This raised a total of £105 which has been sent to Save The Children.
The next project for 2017 is a Photo Booth, so watch this space!
John Miles of the Guildford Rotary Eye Project came along to deliver an update on the project since his last visit to the club earlier this year. The project provides eye hospitals in Africa and India, and provides the specialist equipment, training of surgeons and staff, and many other aspects of improving the eyesight of millions of people - the best of which is a simple operation to remove cataracts (over 100,000 each year).
A great fellowship evening was spent at Strykers Bowling in Tamworth this week, organised by Steve Cartwright (who, incidentally, won the top trophy, seen here inspecting it with a view to putting in for for a valuation on Flog It!). An action shot of Andrew sending the ball straight down the middle is accompanied by Judy receiving the wooden spoon from President David, and Joan, who won the ladies' trophy.
The club's 36th Charter Night was held at Drayton Manor Park on the 9th September. In attendance were four Founding Members; Sid Harlow, Sam Ellicott, Ray Wright and Peter Thorne.
Cars in the Park has been run by Lichfield St. Chad Rotary for around 17 years and has gradually grown to become the largest event of its type in the country. This year's event proved to be our most successful ever with around 1,000 'single entry' vehicles, 974 car club vehicles and more dealers than we have had in the past. Although the final accounts are not completed, the total raised across the main charities looks like being £31,700 - a fantastic total - thank you to all who donated.