|The Rotary Club of Milton Keynes||
Swimathon 2017 | Launch Event
The 2017 launch event was held on Monday 16th January 2017 at the Holiday Inn, Central Milton Keynes. Forty six people representing Rotary and the Charities were present, including The Rotary District Governor, Chalmers Cursley with his wife Barbara.
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 2017 were introduced by Past President Dave who then allowed the representatives to expand on their activities and detail how the proposed donations, would be spent by the beneficiaries.
This year's Chosen
Charities are :-
OUR DONATIONS WILL BE USED :
REDWAY SCHOOL - To purchase sensory equipment for their new Transitions Department and specifically a wireless unit able to respond to movements and change the environment of the rooms, wall colours, pictures etc..
MILTON KEYNES HOSPITAL - Will be using the funds raised from the Swimathon to go towards interior furnishings for the new cancer centre. The furnishings aim to enhance the comfort for those patients and families using the centre.
ARTS GATEWAY PANDORA – The donation will be used to specifically enhance the creative programmes which helps to extend audiences and for workshop activities for the proposed MK Festival of Inclusive Theatre
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
DIFFERENT STROKES - The charity helps stroke victims to return to as near a normal life as possible with self-help programmes and mutual support. The donation would fund a major outing for the members.
NIGHT SHELTER - This charity works with and for homeless people and those that are “vulnerably housed” to support them into accommodation. The donation will provide extra assistance with removal grants to help clients move to new accommodation. Also purchase of Arctic Condition Sleeping bags.
MK CARDIAC GROUP - They are a local charity group established in Milton Keynes in 1989. They offer a safe environment for people with cardiac conditions and/or COPD to exercise, overseen by qualified British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR) teachers. The donation will purchase new exercise equipment for their gym
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. The donation will fund the purchase of a third 'Swimathon' dog.