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The club celebrated to approach of Christmas with a dinner on Monday 16th December at Mid Kent Gold Club. Members and their guests enjoyed a Christmas meal and heard from Rotarian Revd Tony Randall a Christmas message which included recollections of how Christmas was celebrated more modestly in his youth.

After the meal Rotarian Chris Keeble was presented with a Paul Harris fellowship by club president Andrew Moffat. The club makes these awards to those who give distinguished service to Rotary and their communities.

Chris had been an active club member since 2006 and much of that time had chaired the club’s international committee. He had personally promoted support for ShelterBox in local schools raising a large amount of money to send boxes to disaster areas.

Chris Keeble (left) receives his award from club president Andrew Moffat
Dec 092019

Over the years the Rotary Club of Gravesend has given £168,622 to ellenor; the latest donation of £6,000 was presented on Monday at the hospice.

Pictured (L to R): Rotary club President Andrew Moffat, ellenor fundraising manager Kate Barnes, area fundraiser Leah Poppy and On Your Bike chairman Simon Lancaster
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The ellenor was the lead charity for this year’s On Your Bike sponsored cycle ride organised by the club that raised over £12,000 for mainly local charities thanks to the participation of 550 cyclists.

See also our recent post Charities Receive Grants

Dec 022019
Some Rotarians and charity representatives with the Mayor

Every year the Rotary Club of Gravesend raises thousands of pounds for charity. Much of that comes from its annual sponsored On Your Bike ride thanks to the generosity of hundreds of cyclists. Some of this year’s money, £3,000, was presented to six charities on Tuesday.

The Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Gurdip Bungar, kindly hosted the presentation in the Mayor’s parlour and presented cheques to representatives of the charities. Each was able to tell those present about its work and what it’s grant will be used for.

The charities were:

  • Gravesham & Dartford Phab Club (for disabled people supported by able bodied members) represented by Matthew supported by Marion Keeble. Facebook
  • Waterside Parents Centre represented by Kim Caleno. Web site
  • House of Mercy (hostels for the homeless) represented by Sisiter Helen Ryan & Karen Mills. Web site
  • Age UK North West Kent represented by Nigel Vian. Web site
  • Hi Kent which provides help with hearing problems and hearing aids. Web site
  • Hive Hope Northfleet (which runs a food bank) represented by Deborah Keys. Web site

You can find out more about them by clicking the links above. The sites will open in a new tab/page.