Flint and Holywell Rotary Club donate Christmas float money to Turkey
10th February 2023
from an article in Leader Live;
A FLINTSHIRE rotary club has stepped up to the plate to donate to the earthquake appeal in Turkey thanks to money raised from their annual Christmas float. (Image: Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell)
A FLINTSHIRE rotary club has stepped up to the plate to donate to the earthquake appeal in Turkey thanks to money raised from their annual Christmas float.
Members of the Flint and Holywell Rotary Club were informed of the financical results of their recent Christmas Float last Monday evening, in which club president, Malcolm Mellor confirmed the club was able to immediately donate £1,100 to help those people in Turkey who have been devastated by the recent earthquake.
Malcolm informed members that the money would be sufficient to provide two shelter boxes which as the name implies, provides temporary shelter and basic facilities for those affected by disasters such as an earthquake.
Overall, the success of the float saw £4,000 received, with after deducting costs, left over £2,000 available for worthy causes.
Club treasurer, Gordon Cook said: “The Christmas Float has been for many, one of the most looked forward to events of the year in our area.
“Many local residents, who are now grandparents recall fondly their own memories when they were children, of seeing a brightly lit Rotary sleigh being pulled by four reindeer with Santa waving to the children to the accompanying sound of Christmas carols.
“Unfortunately, collections from the public have been falling in recent times to the point that these are failing to match the ever increasing costs of funding this operation, and in fact this year, for the first time, the public collections failed to cover these costs.
“However the club has been fortunate indeed to have the continuing support of many local businesses who, despite the many post pandemic financial problems, dug deep into their pockets this year, donating over £2,000 to ensure that there was a significant surplus of money available for the club to support so many worthy causes.”
In addition to the vital aid provided to help the earthquake appeal, the club has also made donations of £1,000 to St Kentigern’s Hospice, £500 to The Air Ambulance and £250 to The National Military Dog’s Memorial, currently being built in Holywell.