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Celebrating Ability O

n 17 September, paralympic gold medalist, Naomi Riches sets off from Lechlade to row 165 miles down the Thames to Gravesend Royal Pier. She will be attempting to set a new Guinness World Record, celebrating ability, while aiming to raise £165,000 for Infantile Nystagmus, a debilitating eye condition that a number of people suffer from, including Naomi herself.

Naomi, now an associate member of the new Marlow Bridge club, has been a great supporter of Rotary, particularly the Interact clubs, inspiring young people to achieve whatever life throws at them, and now its our turn to say ‘Thank You’ by supporting her throughout her gruelling journey and help her achieve her aims.

There is much we can do besides donate to her cause. Faringdon Rotary Club are already committed to hosting the launch at Lechlade and encouraging Naomi as she paddles down the upper reaches of the navigable river.

We’re for Communities! How Do We Get There?

This was the question when bus services were axed, doctors’ surgeries re- located to a purpose built health centre way out of town, and the newly built supermarket was out of reach to residents without their own transport.

Julia Collis of Maidenhead Thames club is seeking corporate sponsors and would love to hear from anyone with influential friends in the business world.

Mike Ware of Bourne End & Cookham is in charge of our District #165 challenge, which involves finding #165 schools to commit to do their own #165 challenge raising funds for the cause. Several schools are already involved with some really imaginative fundraising ideas. Take a look on Headington School’s newspage! There will be a £100 prize for the most interesting and well presented idea and the closing date is not until 30 September. Mike is waiting to hear from you!

Several Rotarians including DG Joy have helped Naomi raise awareness at recent regattas, including Henley and Marlow, so don’t feel left out! There are 45 locks to be opened and at least ,214 bridges to cheer from!

Ever been to Gravesend Roal Pier? That might be an interesting sight!


#Schools Participation #Find Corporate Sponsors #Sponsor a Mile #Volunteer

What’s your #165 Challenge?

Chippy Rotary To The Rescue!

Club President Annie Roy-Barker co-ordinated the launch of the ‘Good Neighbour’ scheme. Its initial project provided a door to door voluntary car service for medical appointments. Successful local media coverage led a local resident to ask Annie if she would be interested in helping to create a shuttle bus service for the town. Annie – never one to miss an opportunity – suggested that the shuttle bus could be run under the Rotary Good Neighbour Scheme. And it was agreed.

And The Result?

Chippy Rotary sponsors the shuttle bus, which is already operational. The bus circulates the town eight times a day, Monday to Friday, proudly displaying the Rotary Emblem and Rotary Good Neighbour Shuttle Bus signage.

Local like-minded community organisations are encouraged to work autonomously under the Rotary Good Neighbour Scheme umbrella. To date, this includes the voluntary car service and the shuttle bus, the local branch of AGE UK and the Methodist Church who will shortly be offering a befriending service.

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