Basingstoke Deane Rotary have the X Factor

When it comes to making a difference, members of The Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane definitely have the X Factor.

At the annual Charities Night, Rotarians and their guests heard how the club has delivered £60,000 of support to good causes in Basingstoke and Deane and to people in need around the world during the last 12 months.

In a wide-ranging presentation, Basingstoke Deane Rotarian Jim Lawson showcased how the Rotarians have helped and supported organisations and projects involving people of all ages. He also paid tribute to the many local companies that have supported Basingstoke Deane Rotary events, including the annual Rotary International Boxing Charity Night.

Representatives from nearly 40 charities and other local organisations were at the Charities Night, and several spoke about how the Basingstoke Deane Rotarians have had a positive impact in the borough community.

The Camrose Centre, which supports rough sleepers, Age Concern Day Centres in Basingstoke, the Peacejam project for young people, and the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Director of Nursing Awards are just a handful of the many organisations and events that have benefitted from the backing of the Basingstoke Deane Rotarians.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity has been one of the main beneficiaries of the Rotarians’ fundraising over the last two years. As part of its support for the charity in 2017, Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club is sponsoring a Sitting With Jane bookbench. All 24 bookbenches, which celebrate the life of borough-born author Jane Austen, will be auctioned on September 15, and 75 per cent of the proceeds will go to Ark.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at the charity, paid tribute to the major contribution of the Rotarians in raising funds and supporting the charity’s events, and he also gave a vote of thanks on behalf of all the charity representatives.

“Basingstoke Deane Rotarians have the X factor and the Wow factor,” said Mark. “You have all made such a difference to so many good causes and projects, at home and abroad.

“While fundraising is a key part of your awesome contribution to the local community and wider world, the Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club typifies what Rotary is all about as friendship, having fun and making a difference are at the heart of everything you do. Thank you so much for your wonderful support.”

President Alan Gibson, who is handing over the chain of office to Lindy Richardson this month, is delighted that he and his fellow Rotarians have been able to help and support so many good causes and projects during his 12 months at the helm.

Alan said: “I am grateful to my fellow Rotarians for their wonderful support during my time as president, and it was heartening to hear so many representatives of charities and other organisations describe how our members have made such a positive impact.

“We are a thriving Rotary Club, and we are delighted to get involved with good causes and projects where we are able to make a difference and have a good time doing something positive.”

Alan added that the club – which meets every Tuesday night at Test Valley Golf Club near Overton – has seen its membership increase in recent years and is always happy to welcome new members on board. 

To find out more about Basingstoke Deane Rotary, go to https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1523.

Picture caption: Basingstoke Deane Rotarians, including 2016-17 President Alan Gibson (third left, seated), and representatives of local charities, organisations, projects and events that have been helped and supported by Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club.