Rotary Club of Middleton

What we did 2015 - 2016

President Sue Furby report:

We had a music night instead of coffee mornings for my charity fundraiser and raised £640. In total we raised £1500 and an extra £500 cheque for Ovacone from Iron Man event.

President Sue charities will receive: Communic8te £500; Ovacome £1000 with another £500 to them from Iron Man.

We also collected wool for Communic8te and had a few personal donations from Rotarians.

Michelle's play ‘Finding Mickey’ addressed the loneliness and isolation theme.

President Sue Furby said: “It’s been a very successful year in which we've all worked together for local and international communities.”

Community Service:

Donations were given to:

International Service:

Shoe Boxes:

This year we collected approximately 500 shoe boxes from local schools, other groups and individuals.  The boxes were once again kindly stored at Wellens in Middleton and then transported by hired van to Preston for transport to Eastern Europe.  £1 is charged per box which covers our costs and each school is given a presentation.

This year Elizabeth Birkett travelled to Romania in April with a small group of eight Rotarians to see how the boxes are distributed.  The Charity Hope and Homes for Children in Baia Mare are the main distributors there.  Rotary members were able to take part in the distribution of boxes to needy children and families providing items for children, teenagers, adults.

Mikoroshoni Primary School:

We have continued to support the school in Shanzu Village, Mombasa, Kenya and the very successful Whisky Tasting Evening held on 27 November 2015 raised £502.63 from this event for the school.

Very happily a donor has come forward which will enable the school to continue to provide lunches for the children each day.  This donation amounts to £18,000.

A further two Mikoroshoni students were sponsored to study degree courses at University making this four Mikoroshoni students being sponsored on University degree courses.

Three new Trustees have joined the Friends of Mikoroshoni Charity.  Newsletters are available regularly giving details of events and the progress of pupils.

Rain Water Rock Catchment:

A Sainsbury’s collection on 18th September 2015 raised £265.54 for the Kenya project managed by John Brooker.  A Global Grant was successfully granted for the construction of a Rain Catchment Project for the community of Mayarani in Tharaka, Kenya.

Water Irrigation Project in Kajuki, Kenya:

Peter Hayward returned to Kenya again in February 2016 to oversee the digging of water pans which harvests water in a very dry region of this area and enables communities to grow more food.  100 pits are to be completed by March 2017.  Peter is currently focussing on fund-raising to complete further water pans.

Whisky Tasting Evening:

Another very well attended evening was held at The Old Boar’s Head on 27th November 2015. After expenses the sum raised was £1,005.26 divided between Mikoroshoni Primary School and Rotary Foundation. 

Polio Project:

A collection for the “End Polio Now” campaign which took place in Sainsbury’s on 5th February 2016 raised £355.74.  Few Club members volunteered for the day.

In February 2016 Elizabeth Birkett took part in a National Immunisation Day Rally held in Delhi, India.  This is a highly successful event held to publicise the importance of vaccinating children.  The aim is for Polio to be eradicated worldwide by 2018 with campaigns to be continued to ensure that children will continue to be vaccinated.

Glasses for Vision Aid and Stamps for St Anne’s Hospice:

Glasses have been collected by Jean Nott and taken to Specsavers approximately four times a year.  Similarly, Kit Wellens takes stamps to St Anne’s Hospice approximately four times a year.

Youth & Vocational Projects:

Foundation, Membership & Publicity:

Club Service:

Contact Information

Rotary Club of Middleton

Mobile: 07887 588836

Meeting times

We are meeting via Zoom on Monday nights, to join us contact Stuart or Janice Sawle for more information: or

You would be made very welcome.