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The Rotary International Significant Award.


The Rotary Significant award has been awarded to Faringdon & District Rotary Club for the Young Carers Project and setting up the Young Carers Club. There are 522 districts within Rotary International worldwide and each District Governor can nominate one project to be considered for the award. Of the 522 nominations 207 awards are awarded worldwide.


To put this in perspective, the UK comprises of 1800 Rotary Clubs in total. The UK received 8 awards, this is therefore an outstanding achievement and shows what we as a club are truly capable of. John Greening 1090 District Governor could not remember when RIBI district 1090 last got this award.


When I started my year as President I wanted to do something for Young Carers having discovered that within the UK there are 750,000. In Faringdon we have an estimated 50 at the Faringdon Community College alone. The problem was identifying the Young Carers in order to help, data Protection at times can be a hindrance, though understandably so.


Fortunately Rotarian Lynda Scott PHF with the help of our Interact Club, identified a number of Young Carers and achieved this with expertise, determination and skill. Additionally Lynda managed to get Age UK, The Town Council and Faringdon United Charities on side to help. We now have a Young Carers club meeting weekly and various activities are planned. Funding has been allocated and ring fenced to ensure the Young Carers club will continue.


Two Paul Harris Fellows were awarded, one to Lynda Scott for her work getting the Young Carers Club up and running, and Tim Cowling for his work within our club over many years, and attaining the office of District 1090 Governor 2014-2015


We have thoroughly enjoyed and succeeded in organising many


great events this year, both fundraising and social, unfortunately there are far too many to report in this Newsletter, but can be viewed on our Facebook pages, as well as previous Newsletters. A huge ‘well done’ to everybody concerned.


This Rotary year we have had the pleasure of gaining three new members. Catherine Blaxhall, Sandra Langford and David Langford. Regretfully, Honorary Member Mike Cornley died in April this year, he will be sadly missed.


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