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Rotary Opens Opportunities

York Vikings Rotary is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.

YORK VIKINGS  SUPPORTING SHOES FOR SCHOOLS
 

YORK VIKINGS  ONGOING SUPPORT FOR THE FUNZI BODO PROJECT

An update from Funzi on the latest project . 

" We are transforming a disused chicken shed at Funzi school into a greenhouse for our farm school. It will be covered in netting to keep monkeys and other animals out and will have a series of raised beds . The aim is create market gardeners among the villagers so people have better diets and can grow food to sell to create incomes and self sufficiency . We are clearing a plot of land and will also be planting indigenous trees around it . Many have been lost to the island ."

York Vikings Rotary and two local businesses are putting their best foot forward to help some of the neediest children in the community this winter and beyond.

Schools in the area are also being asked to help out in a campaign to make sure that local children from some of the poorest families have a decent pair of shoes to get to school, however bad the weather.

The local Rotary Club, Stuart Paver from Pavers and Chris Greenall from PIB Insurance Brokers have provided £20,000 worth of shoes for children from families who are struggling to cope in the face of the cost of living crisis.  They have teamed up with Door 84 who have already distributed shoes to over 50 children in need from schools across the city in the run up to Christmas.

The ‘best foot forward’ initiative is in response to the pressure under which families are struggling to feed and clothe their children and keep them warm as cost-pressures mount.

Says Viking Rotary’s Mick Fox: “ We know that many families are faced with stark choices – do they put the heating on or feed their kids?  Often things like warm clothes and good winter shoes are simply luxuries they can’t afford.  So, along with Chris Greenall from local company PIB, we have teamed up with York footwear business Stuart Paver from Pavers to buy £20,000 worth of good quality shoes in a wide range of sizes and styles to distribute via schools, to those children who most need them.” 

Three years ago a charity which donates pre-owned shoes to children in need across the world identified a growing demand for their service in the UK*.  Since the pandemic, and with the added pressure of the rising cost of food and energy, that demand has become even greater, says Mick:-

“A new pair of shoes is really empowering for any child, but especially so for those on the breadline who may be used only to hand-me-downs. Together with PIB and Pavers we are now asking headteachers and class teachers of primary and junior school children to contact Door 84 direct to ensure that the children who most need them get shoes this year.  We understand the need for sensitivity and discretion and that is where we know schools are so well equipped to help.”

Door 84 already help young people in the York community in a range of ways, including running a Community Sparks group on Tuesdays and Thursdays and hosting a Community Café on Fridays.

YORK VIKINGS  SUPPORTING THE PURPLE COMMUNITY FUND

Our President Michael Harrison  been very active in supporting  the Purpule Community Fund

All our members, wives, partners, sons and daughters  have been collecting ring pulls from drinks cans  

Click here to see the valuable work that they are doing

YORK VIKINGS  SPONSOR A BOY THROUGH HIS EDUCATION

We have been an active supporter of Project Mala over the years and our latest venture is to sponsor a young man through his education in India .  

ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT RON GATENBY CALLS FOR SUPPORT AHEAD OF TOUGH WINTER

Reinforcing our Commitment

A RALLYING call has gone out for more people to 'roll up their sleeves' and support those facing poverty and hardship.

Ron Gatenby is the new president of York Vikings Rotary Club and has pledged its continued commitment to community projects in the coming year, warning that many local people risk falling through the net.

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19695222.rotary-club-president-ron-gatenby-calls-support-ahead-tough-winter/

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YORK VIKINGS  PROVIDING DICTIONARIES TO PUPILS AT FOUR YORK SCHOOLS

CHILDREN at four schools in and around York are benefitting from a great gift from a local group.
York Vikings Rotary Club say they are making it as easy as ABC for primary school children in York to find the right word.
Using some of the £2,000 raised over the Christmas period, the group has provided pictorial dictionaries to four school libraries.
They have allocated a further £600 to provide reading books for children who might otherwise not have access to books at home.

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ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19931273.york-rotary-gift-naburn-tang-hall-heworth-lord-deramore/

Reinforcing our Commitment

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults.
Whether you are a secondary school pupil, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life.

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THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK YOUTH TRUST

York Vikings Rotary has once again stepped up to the plate to help a local charity which supports the homeless in the city.

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19659288.viking-rotary-group-steps-back-hoping-street-kitchen/

One Step at a Time

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The Archbishop of York Youth Trust is passionate about developing opportunities for young people to grow in leadership, faith and character, in partnership with schools, churches and communities. Through the Young Leaders Award, the Youth Trust has empowered over 90,000 young people from over 750 schools to learn and practice key leadership skills and character virtues and to transform their communities through social action.

For more information on the Youth Trust, visit abyyt.com or phone 01904 231010.

SAFE AND SOUND HOMES (SASH)

Reinforcing our Commitment

SASH is a youth homelessness charity that works across York, North and East Yorkshire.

SASH help young people aged 16-25 who are facing homelessness.

Visit www.sash-uk.org.uk for more information.

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CHROMEBOOKS GIFTED BY ROTARY TO YOUNGSTERS AT YORK SCHOOLS

Reinforcing our Commitment

York Vikings Rotary Club and specialist potato company Cockerill have teamed up to help Hoping York Street Kitchen feed the city’s homeless during the pandemic.
The first £500 consignment of staple food supplies from Rotary4foodbanks was delivered to Cockerill’s Dunnington warehouse complex this week.
Hoping York has been feeding people in need since 2016 and by March this year there were regularly more than 75 people attending their Sunday and Wednesday evening free street kitchen and informal foodbank in King’s Square.

HOPING YORK

Helping The Community

DISADVANTAGED pupils at schools across York now have access to online lessons, thanks to a £10,000 flash fundraising programme by local Rotarians.

When the three York Rotary Clubs heard that local York students were struggling to take part in on line lessons from home because they didn’t have access to computers they teamed up to provide money to buy 32 brand new Chromebook laptop computers.

York, Vikings and Ainsty Rotary Clubs pooled funds from cancelled charity events and club members dipped deep into their own pockets to raise £10,000 to buy the vital equipment for local secondary schools.

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VIKINGS ROTARY GROUP STEPS IN TO BACK HOPING STREET KITCHEN

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