Recent News and Past Events
Woking District Members felt like doing something active and raised vital funds homeless people at the same time!
Rotarians took part in The Surrey Hills Challenge to raise money for Transform Housing. There were 6 different events - so a challenge for everyone in the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills on the Greensand Way. People of all ages and fitness joined in It could be a run or a walk and some you can even do with your dog.
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Rotary Social on the Canal boat 'Kitty' on 11th August and 8th September
The Rotary Kitty trip on Wednesday 11th August was aboard 'Kitty', a 12 passenger canal boat on the Basingstoke Canal departing from Woking Wharf. A great time was had by all on our late afternoon/evening trip down the canal and back. See the photos taken below. A second trip aboard Kitty, took place on the 8th September in the afternoon.
If anyone is interested in learning more about 'Kitty', please look at their website:
Apparently, Kitty was named after a horse of that name that worked on the Canal in the 40s and 50s.
Joint Rotary Meeting with Uppsala Linne, Sweden Wed 25th August 2021
We all enjoyed a talk by longstanding Woking District Rotarian Peter Kleyn speaking about his experiences of living and working in Sweden, with our Rotary friends in Uppsala who enjoyed getting a Brit’s take on their country!
Nepalese Banquet Fundraising Event
The Nepalese Banquet was held at Everest Spice, 1 St Johns Rd, Woking GU21 7SE on 3rd November 2021 in the evening at £35/person. See the pdf flyer for more information about the 7 course banquet. A great time was had by all and raised useful funds for charity.
We are most grateful to our sponsors:
- Graham Turner's Family Butcher, 3 Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, Woking
- HSS Hire Services (Southern) 3 Manor Way, Old Woking, Woking
- C&E Electrical Wholesale Ltd, The Old Forge, Kingfield Road, Woking
These companies have kindly sponsored a course each, for which they will also receive recognition on the night. Their generous support will make a considerable difference to the fundraising
Our Rotary Meeting Wed 4th August
The guest speaker was David Annand from "Transform Housing". David spoke eloquently about the need for housing with apparently 1 in 200 being currently homeless.
Transform Housing has 2 offices/supported housing projects in Woking .One is an 11 bedded hostel (with one emergency bed for referrals by surrey childrens services) supporting vulnerable young people with complex needs aged 16 to 21, many of whom we are advised are escaping from abusive conditions. The other is for a slightly older age group 18 to 35 year olds with 14 beds for single and homeless individuals. Further, they have two shared houses and also flats at four locations in the Town Centre, Knaphill, Horsell and Goldsworth Park. The total number of people Transform Housing is supporting in the Woking area is 61.
Transform Housing is fundraising by asking people to go for the Surrey Hills Challenge. If you are interested in helping them in this way, please contact us using the form below, or go to the relevant part of their website:
Their website is: https://www.transformhousing.org.uk
Our Charity Golf Tournament Wed 7th July 2021
Our annual Woking District Rotary Charity Golf Tournament took place at West Byfleet Golf Club on Wednesday 7th July 2021.
The event consisted of an afternoon stableford competition, drinks in the bar followed by dinner in the dining room.
Mens, ladies and mixed teams were all made welcome.
The challenges for the day include nearest the pin and the longest drive and concluded with presentations to the winners, a raffle with a good range of prizes and an auction including rounds at other clubs in the Woking area.
The cost for a team of four to participate this year, including golf and dinner, but not drinks, was £300, with all proceeds going to charity. If you are interested in putting in a team for next year, please contact the golf day organisers using this form.
Our Rotary Meeting 2nd June
Last Wednesday's meeting highlight was guest speaker Rotarian Phil Godfrey of Solihull RC who spoke to us about four closely inter-related topics:
•APS (Antiphospholipid Syndrome )
•His personal connection with APS
•His walk from Isles of Scilly to the Shetland Islands, stopped sadly through injury,
•His current Rail Tour, 42,000 miles during which he has met some fantastic Clubs and Rotarians
All of the above was squeezed into a little over half an hour or so and was really very interesting.
None of us had ever heard about Antiphospholipid Syndrome which is a disorder of the immune system causing an increased risk of blood clots. This means people with APS are at greater risk of developing conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that usually develops in the leg. Depending on which organ is affected by a blood clot and how severe the obstruction of blood flow to that organ is, untreated antiphospholipid syndrome can lead to permanent organ damage, heart attacks, strokes or death. Another effect is that it can cause multiple miscarriages with a devastating effect on young prospective parents trying for a baby.
• APS website including, printable leaflets and posters: https://aps-support.org.uk/self-help/fact-sheets
• APS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/APSsupportUK