It’s been an amazing 12 months at Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club with numerous charity challenges, reindeer and health checks being just some of the many activities the club has been involved with.
Today (23rd November) the club celebrates their fifth birthday, and there’s lots to celebrate as the group of young professionals and volunteers have somehow managed to fit in 198 events over the last 12 months ranging from hands-on volunteering such as supporting FoodShare, to socials including walks in the countryside and plenty of pub visits, to fundraising for local and international charities, to networking!
In addition, the club also welcomed six new members to their fold, Debbie Ingledew, Mesude Ipek, Catherine Young, Matthew Loughman, Nas Parkes and Karen Faul, taking their total membership to 45!
Club President Michael Atherton commented “we’ve certainly lived up to what we set out to achieve 5 years ago having donated over 7,526 volunteer hours in that time and an incredible 1,145 hours so far this year. We have supported a wide variety of charities close to members hearts…and we’ve all had so much fun doing it.”
The club organises several key events each year including the Easter Family Fun Day in Grenfell Park which now attracts over 800 local families each year, as well as the annual Health Awareness Day in the New Year which gives advice to Maidonians about blood pressure, healthy hearts, diabetes etc with the support of professional organisations.
The biggest event organised by the club in the last year was their 24 Challenges event, which saw members take on 24 different challenges including swimming, Zumba, trampolining, mental challenges and Tai Chi over a 24-hour period, all in aid of The Rotary Foundation and End Polio Now. This single event raised over £2,800 and brought members closer together at the same time.
Michael continued “the members of our club are an amazing group of people; they have inspired me and motivated me. I could not have asked for a better group of friends and I am very much enjoying leading the group this Rotary year.”
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