|The Rotary Club of Milton Keynes||
Swimathon 2016 | Launch Event
The 2016 launch event was held on Monday 18th January 2016 at the Holiday Inn, Central Milton Keynes. Fifty two people representing Rotary and the Charities were present, including The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Keith Mac Lean, The Mayor of Newport Pagnell, Cllr Phil Winsor and Rotary District Governor, Prue Dixon with her husband Richard.
Following a short introduction about Rotary (by President Dave Gillow), Swimathon
Chair Tony Milhofer informed those present, on the various activities and projects conducted by the Club and what had been achieved from the previous year's event. The various charities who will benefit during 2016 were introduced by the president who then allowed the representatives to expand on their activities and details how the proposed donations, would be spent.
This year's Chosen Charities are :-
OUR DONATIONS WILL BE USED TO :
WILLEN HOSPICE -The funds will be used to help support the ‘Hospice at Home ‘ service which provides care for terminally ill patients in their own homes
SUPERSHOES - Gives individually painted shoes to children with life threatening conditions. Donation will fund an art oriented party for up to 100 of these children and their families in which professional artists will share their skills.
THAMES VALLEY AMBULANCE SERVICES - Helping to equip a new helicopter servicing the Milton Keynes area with the latest equipment and generally a doctor on board - each mission costs £ 2,500.
AGE UK MILTON KEYNES – Coping with many funding cuts. Help is urgently needed to support its services for older people in the community; in particular the free befriending service and its free and confidential information, advice and advocacy services.
DOGS FOR GOOD - Formerly Dogs for the Disabled – Rebranding itself as the services are extended to provide help for many families with autistic children by demonstrating how pets can be used with fairly simple training.
MILTON KEYNES HOSPITAL - Specifically earmarked for items to enhance the comfort for those patients and families using the new cancer clinic.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - The poppy fund collection for North Bucks
During the Launch, Past President Douglas Campbell took
the opportunity to Present Alexander Boswell of Milton Keynes Community Foundation with a cheque for £ 750.
The amount resulted from collections from members of moneys that they would have normally spent on
giving each other Christmas cards.