More than a dozen charities have been sharing in a monster £10,000 give away – thanks to some raft racing adventurers, canoe competitors and a bunch of yellow ducks.
The money was handed out at a special Totnes Rotary Club presentation ceremony at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes last week.
The £10,000 had been raised by the rotarians through various events in Totnes – particularly the annual Totnes Raft Race, the Longbow Canoe Festival and the annual rotary duck race.
A rotary spokesman said the beneficiaries were The Totnes Band for encouraging musicianship across all ages; King Edward VI School whose students are setting high standards of achievement and serving the community; The Totnes Hospital League of Friends offering a vital service to help sustain our local hospital and community care provision; St John’s Primary School keeping pace with sound learning and teaching and The Chernobyl Children’s Trust annually bringing light into young lives plagued by environmental damage.
Other were the Children’s Hospice South-West offering support to families of afflicted children; Rowcroft Hospice servicing the needs of those with life-limiting conditions across a large area of South Devon; Torbay Holiday Helpers’ Network affording holiday breaks to trauma-struck families otherwise deprived; the Totnes 3rd Sea Scouts attracting healthy numbers of youngsters to engage in life-enhancing experiences; the Devon Air Ambulance Trust now extending its service with night-flying; Devon Young Carers faced with a surge in numbers and ensuring that no young carer goes without some relief; Dart Sailability providing the thrill of being empowered on the water to the disabled and war victims; War Child allowing orphaned children to grow up as naturally as possible near war zones; Totnes Caring striving to complete the picture of care in the community and for dementia sufferers and Rotary’s own charitable fund for inter-Rotary Club world-wide projects, Rotary Foundation.
He said that rotary in Totnes was ‘proud to help share their endeavours’.