SUMMARY OF 2017/18
Throughout the year University of Chester Rotaract has been vigorously collecting ring pulls and bottlecaps for the charity Purple Community Fund who use them to help people in the Phillipines and men in UK prisons – we have collected 42,000 ring pulls and 8,750 bottlecaps. In addition to this we have also collected 9,370 stamps for dogs' guides and Leukaemia support. We have also attended events hosted by the Rotary club of Saughall such as their Christmas do. In December we also joined others in Chester Aid to the Homeless' annual sleepout event where we managed to raise £245 for the charity. We participated in Operation Christmas Child where we made 19 Christmas shoeboxes with help from Saughall Rotary. We organised a pancake stall on Parkgate campus on Shrove Tuesday. We have participated in Zumbathon events held in Chester. In April, Chester Rotaract attended the 2018 Rotary Conference in Torquay.
CHARITY & COMMUNITY
As a society we aim to participate in local events and charities and so throughout the year we have joined the River and Canal Trust, and the Nature Reserve to help with clean ups and wildflower planting. We have also engaged with the community by volunteering at local schools for Christmas fairs. We participated and fundraised for the charity 'Chester Aid for the Homeless' where we raised £245 during their annual sleepout which we took part in. We raised over £300 for Marie Curie Appeal from street collections. We have collected 42,000 ring pulls for Purple Community Fund which equates to £2,110. We have collected over 200 bras around campus using different drop off points for those in need at 'Against Breast Cancer'.
One of our biggest triumphs of the year was our successful trip to the Rotary Conference 2018 in Torquay where the whole society travelled down to attend for the weekend.
Another huge success for us was the Chester Aid for the Homeless sleepout where we managed to raise £245 for the charity.
We successfully managed to organise regular events for us to count and provide an updated amount of ring pulls we collected over the year.
We participated in the Student Union's Rowathon earlier in the year where we managed to beat some of the more larger societies at the university.
PLANS FOR 2018/19
Next year we are aiming to increase the amount we fundraise for CATH as we will be participating in the annual sleepout again. We are going to continue to collect ring-pulls, bottlecaps, stamps, and bras for the variety of charities we work with and so it is our goal to increase the amount of each by the end of 2018-19.