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Putting the Fun into Fundraising and £21,000 into the Kitty.

As the ferns are already looking distinctly brown and the flowers on Redgate Hill start to die back, there is no doubt that the summer is coming to an end. But what a summer it had been for Rotary Club fundraising!

Regular readers of Hunstanton Town and Around will have seen in last month’s edition, and the number of pages it took to cover all that was on offer at this year’s Kite and Classic Car Festival.  Many thanks to the Editor for the generous coverage!

Not only was ‘The Kite’ programme packed but so were the playing fields at Smithdon School, with visitors flocking into town to see soaring kits, fabulous classic cars and motorcycles, the huge indoor craft fair and too many attractions to list again without taking up even more space.  In all, £12,000 in ticket sales added significantly to the Club’s donations kitty.

The Kite Fair is a major source of fund raising for the Rotary Club of Hunstanton and District but it is far from being the only one. For example, how many readers enjoyed a succulent burger or tasty hot dog at the Hunstanton Carnival this year?

If you bought it from the Rotary Tent’s kitchen you will have helped to raise the £856 the Carnival cookout added to the Club’s coffers, which will be donated with the other funds raised during the year ahead.

In late July, the Norton Light Railway hosted one of its three days of support for local charities.  On the 29th ‘The Norton’, organised by Hunstanton Rotarian, Maggie Ponder, raised over £9,000 in a single day, which will be shared between four deserving charities. The charities that will benefit this year are Home Start-Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, Riding for the Disabled, Coastal Stroke Group and U & Eye. …. And there’s more.  

On Saturday, September 24th, there will be a Barn Dance at Hunstanton Community Centre from 7pm.  Tickets are only £8 per person and this includes a Ploughman’s Supper.  So you can still help raise funds and have a good time, too, even if the nights are drawing in.

However, Rotary is a global organisation and even a relatively small club such as Hunstanton & District will play its part when tragedy strikes further afield. In the case of the dreadful earthquake in Italy, the Club donated money to pay for a Shelter Kit at a cost of £590.

Being a Rotarian isn’t just about fund raising for good causes though, it’s also about making friends and enjoying lunch or evening get-togethers. More information about the Club, which meets at Le Strange every Wednesday, is available via http://www.hunstanton-rotary.org.uk/page22.html.