Looking at Porthcawl Rotary Club (part 4)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

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Denzil Gould continues his guide to Porthcawl Rotary Club, and today (part 4) looks at how the club distributes funds that it raises for charity.

In earlier reports of the work of The Rotary Club of Porthcawl, we highlighted the programmes we run for our young people in the area, the work that the Rotary Club of Porthcawl does in the community and how we go about collecting funds.

Today we will cover how we distribute the funds that we collect.

In the past five years alone, the Rotary Club of Porthcawl has donated over £43,000 to worthwhile causes.

In addition to our overseas commitments we have made significant donations to local organisations including: Ogwr Talking Newspapers, Home-Start Bridgend, Porthcawl Museum, Bridgend Youth Music, Ty Elis Counselling, Action for Children (Bridgend Young Carers), the Porthcawl Stroke Club, KPC Youth, Trinity Care Support, Ty Cornel, LATCH and the ‘Megan Sadler’ appeal to name but a few.

We were particularly pleased to be able to support the Megan Sadler Appeal. Megan needed an operation called ‘vertebral body tethering’ to correct a birth defect.

This operation is not available in the UK and Megan and her family had to travel to the Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia; the only hospital to perform this operation.

Not only did we and other Rotary Clubs in our own district in Wales provide financial and practical support but our Rotary counterparts in Philadelphia jumped at the chance to add their support.

Among other things, they provide a welcoming committee at the airport, and ensured that the rest of their stay went without a hitch. A truly ‘Yankee Doodle’ welcome.

That’s what Rotary is all about – no matter where you are in the world Rotarians will be there to offer help if things go bad.

We are proud to have been able to support so many good causes in our community and, with the help of the people of Porthcawl and our other local communities, we look forward to doing so long into the future.

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