CHARITY FUNDRAISING AT THE TOTNES RAFT RACE

Thanks to everyone that came along and supported our charity fundraising at the Totnes raft race.

A fantastic river challenge and a great family day out.

On the 10th October 2021, The Rotary Club of Totnes held their very successful Raft Race from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. Brixham Rotarians turned out in force along with Rotarians from Torquay and Paignton to assist as Marshalls and helpers on the day.

Brixham President, Roy Tuttle, said “The Rotary family is extensive and this major event organised by the Rotary Club of Totnes needed the support of other clubs as it is such a major event with so many rafts and participants. The combined efforts of Rotarians and the support of medical teams, divers, canoeists and Dartmoor rescue proved to make it one of the best raft races in the decades over which the event has been held. We were only too happy to help.”

PRESIDENTIAL HANDOVER EVENT

THE ROTARY CLUB OF BRIXHAM’S NEW PRESIDENT ROY TUTTLE AT LAST IS ABLE TO TAKE THE CHAIR AT THE PRESIDENTIAL HANDOVER EVENT

On the 3rd August 2021, The Rotary Club of Brixham at long last was able to conduct its Presidential Handover event postponed from early June. It took the form of its usual formal dinner at Brixham Cricket Club, similar to last year with Rotary Members their partners and representatives of other clubs in Torbay, to formally say thank you and farewell to Adrian Laurie for all his hard work during the year and to welcome Roy Tuttle into the role of President for 2021/22.

Former Brixham Rotary President, Adrian Laurie, said “It has been an honour and a privilege to have spent the last year, with at times its enormous challenges, as President of the Club and through out the Pandemic we have successfully continued to support the Brixham community with all the club’s efforts to raise in excess of £7,000 for good causes in the town.” He continued, “I hope Roy will find that now being out of lockdown restrictions, will enable him to make the most of his new position and I know he will continue with its Rotary aims of “Service before self” and he will continue to ensure the Club gives its support to the many Brixham organisations we help.”

President, Roy Tuttle, said “Adrian will be a tough act to follow his commitment to the Rotary Club has been enormous in the past very difficult year and I hope to build on those foundations to ensure the Brixham community know that our club will continue to be there for them and hope that many more members of the town will consider joining our club in order to assist the Rotary Club of Brixham in its commitment in supporting the community.”

During the Handover ceremony the Club was able to Present 5 Paul Harris Fellowship awards to its members 3 current and one posthumous and one to a non-Rotarian. Linda Konopinski for all her efforts during lockdown to fund raise through eBay, Andrew Kilner for his efforts in ensuring the Santa float was COVID secure and fit for purpose so the Children of Brixham were able to see Santa last Christmas. David Sharpe also received his third award for fund raising on behalf of the club. A posthumous award was awarded to Andrew Millar who sadly died earlier this year and had been a driving force behind all the initiatives of the club and will be sorely missed by all members. Finally, non-Rotarian Ian Tuttle was presented with his Paul Harris award for all his hard work in the production of the new Brixham Rotary website which enables all the community to see what Rotary does for Brixham.

CHARITY FETE AT THE SCALA HALL IN BRIXHAM

18TH AUGUST – 10AM TO 3PM

Open to the public from 10am to 3pm. Organisers, charities and traders are invited to book tables.

6 foot tables are provided at a cost of £15 for traders and £10 for charities.

All proceeds go to Rotary and worthy Brixham causes.

Please send applications to David Sharpe rotarybrixham@gmail.com.

BRIXHAM INTERACT – RACE FOR LIFE – RAISING MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Brixham College Interact Club are proud to be hosting this year’s Race for Life which will be held during the school day on the 6th and 7th of July 2021.

Anyone can help beat cancer. Will you?

Join Brixham College in supporting Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and help raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer. 

Cancer can affect anyone at any stage of their life, but with your support Cancer research UK can continue their pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Brixham College students and staff will be taking part in a socially distanced event run by the College Interact Club, raising money to support this worthwhile cause. This year, instead of asking for sponsorship we are encouraging donations to be made via justgiving. All donations go immediately and directly to Cancer Research UK. Any donation that you can make will be gratefully received.

THERE ARE FEW WORDS THAT CAN EXPRESS OUR SADNESS ON THIS DAY.

HELP BRIXHAM ROTARY PROVIDE FUNDS TO LOCAL SCHOOLS FACING HOME SCHOOLING EQUIPMENT BILLS


A CALL FOR DONATIONS TO ASSIST LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Brixham Rotary clubs latest fundraising initiative is a call for donations to assist local primary schools with their Home Schooling tasks.

A question to local teachers resulted in the following response “Rotary could support with the provision of physical resources for teachers to have at home to do their online classes, where they teach to camera and so need a “classroom” at home! Items such as triangular white boards and whiteboard pens and flipcharts with flipchart paper/pens would be really welcome as we obviously do not have enough of these in school for each teacher to have them at home AND in their classroom for when they are in school.

Please donate directly using this link or the form provided below:

https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/15776

ROTARY PROVIDES FUNDS TO ASSIST IN THE BRIXHAM COLLEGE BURGEE SCHEME

Brixham Rotary have provided Brixham College funds for the purchase of banners advertising the burgees that are given to students as recognition of 12 skills they have learnt during the Covid 19 lockdown that will help students in their employability on leaving college.

Brixham College Burgee’s Awards Scheme.

The Brixham College Burgee awards scheme was launched at the start of September 2020. It consists of 60 skills, experiences, and knowledge definitions, that are agreed as enhancements to a student’s Cultural Capital.

Increasing a student’s cultural capital ensures that in addition to their academic subjects, they increase their ability to become confident in new situations, cope and be resilient when dealing with challenges, and are better armed with the skills that will allow them to journey through life confident bearing the ‘edge’ to succeed.

The 60 skills, experiences, and knowledge definitions are divided up into 12 levels suitable for each year group, and age of the students.

Aim of the Burgee scheme during Lockdown.

In order to boost students moral, and re-engagement the college has initiated the Burgee scheme, which offers all students the opportunity to highlight and evidence any of the 12 skills, opportunities, experiences etc that they have completed during the period of absence from the usual college curriculum during lockdown. On presentation of evidence students are presented with a “Limited Edition” Brixham Lockdown Burgee.

Funding Aim.

Rotary plans to fund 2 Large Flag size Burgee’s that will be flown on the college sites as a reminder of what challenges are set in gaining the Limited-Edition Burgee, in addition Rotary plan to fund the smaller personal size flag/burgees that are presented to those students that can evidence and achieve this limited-edition acknowledgement of their hard work towards the Burgee scheme to date. It is proposed that the sponsored by Rotary emblem be incorporated within the Burgee flags.

BRIXHAM ROTARIANS PUT DISPLAY TRAILER TO USE AS SWABBING STATION

The Rotary Club of Brixham has thanked Rotary District for lending the use of their display trailer to provide a Covid-19 swabbing station.

President, Adrian Laurie, said: “I was delighted to ask District for the use of the vehicle in this way when Jaci Evans, one of our members who cover both Mount Stuart Hospital in Torquay and Exeter Medical, came up with the idea.

“District also saw this as another of the many ways in which Rotary clubs help their communities, and the trailer was made available immediately.

“Before the complete lockdown, I was able to collect the trailer and deliver it to Mount Stuart Hospital in Torquay and then move it to its current location at Exeter Medical, where it is being used to swab patients for coronavirus, prior to their procedures.