May 022020
 

Like most organisations, we have had to curtail many activities and find new ways of working. It is a challenge but some of the changes may turn out to be permanent.

Meetings

The most obvious change is the cancellation of face-to-face meetings such as our weekly lunch and our committee meetings. Here, like many organisations, we have discovered Zoom video conferencing. While not as good as meeting in person, it works remarkably well and may become a permanent feature for some meetings.

Events

It has been a great disappointment to postpone On Your Bike to September with no certainty that it can take place then. This means we are unable to give about £12,000 funding to charities and organisations at a time when they are desperately short of income. At the time of writing it is uncertain whether our business networking lunch in June will take place.

Helping the community

As nearly all our members are in the “vulnerable” category we are very limited in the “hands on” help we can give. However, we are able to help by spending the reserves in our charity account. We have given £500 to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services. We were able to secure a grant from the Rotary Foundation to add to a £500 donation from our funds to Footsteps International making a total of £1,000.

As we will not be paying for our weekly lunches we are giving the money we save to charity. Most of us are helping Hive Hope food bank in Northfleet with regular donations.

Text ‘2020OYB’  to 70470

A novel departure for us is the use of mobile phone text giving. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services would have received a large donation from On Your Bike but will now have to wait until we can hold the event – at a time it desperately needs more income. To help it out we have started a campaign to raise money for it by inviting people to give £5 by texting ‘2020OYB’  to 70470. We are waiting with interest to find out how successful this appeal will be.