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Thame Rotarians raise over £30k for food banks

Clubs across the Thames Valley have joined an initiative to support the funding of local food banks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:00pm 2nd May 2020. 2-minute read.

Thame Rotarians raise over £30k for food banks

The club have joined with others in the Thames Valley to raise money for food banks. 

The Rotary Club of Thame & District joined other Rotary clubs in the Thames Valley in an initiative to support the funding of local food banks.

Members of the club would usually meet for dinner, however cannot do so in person because of the lockdown measures. 

Joy Arnott, a former District Governor, support by the current Governor Frank Quin had the idea to recommend members donate what would have been spent at these dinners to local food banks. 

Thame & District Rotarians agreed with the decision and they began to raise funds. 

Joy Arnott wrote in an email to Thame and District Rotarians:

"Thank you so muchfor contributing to our initiative to make Rotary a significant contributor to the welfare of the most deserving people in our communities."

Frank Quinn thanked in his blog all Rotary Clubs in the Thames Valley which covers most of Oxfordshire. Buckinghamshire and Berkshire:

"Past District Governor Joy Arnott is leading the District on raising funds for local Food Banks. The call went out for money rather than Foodstuffs and as of today, you have raised nearly £30,000. Congratulations to all the Clubs who have donated!"

Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now one of the largest international volunteering organisations with 1.2 million professional men and women as members. There are 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary Clubs are open to women and men who want to use their experience for the benefit of others

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