Santa Collections makes local charity ‘Smile’

Every year at Christmas time the club invites the local community to support Rotary Charities and this year was no different except in one very significant way – it all went to one charity -Smile Support and Care.
This local charity supports young people with special needs and has recently completed the building of a state-of-the-art respite centre in Eagle Avenue. At the end of last year,the charity’s CEO Stuart Baldwin was interviewed on BBC TV South as he was seeking financial support for the final fitting out of the amenities.
The Rotary Club of Waterlooville decided that as a local good cause, all the proceeds of the street and static collections would go to this charity, hopefully to provided enough to buy a piece of equipment like a specialist bed for one of the 8 bedrooms.
Having supported the Waterlooville Christmas Lights switch on, Santa and his Sleigh towed by Rudolph the Red Nosed ‘Tractor’ toured the streets of Wecock Estate, Stakes Road and Mill Road and then, thanks to the kind permission of ASDA , spent three days collecting outside their Waterlooville store with the sleigh and some static posters highlighting the collection was for ‘Smile’.
Thanks to the generosity of our local community we collected over £2000 which the Club topped up to enable an overall donation of £2500 to be made to Smile.
Therefore, a very big THANK YOU WATERLOOVILLE for supporting us this year and here’s to next year!

About mikew

Retired from Royal Navy after 30 years before becoming a Resource (and later Deployment) Manager with DERA (now QinetiQ) and now retired for the second time! Interests include being a volunteer at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth (recently retired as Trustee Director). Church Warden at Holy Trinity Blendworth. Secretary of our Rotary Club's Community Service, Vocational and Youth Committee for 2012-14. Currently the Club's Secretary.

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