The event was originally jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Tonbridge and the Tonbridge Lions Club. It is now organised by the Tonbridge Half Marathon charity (CIO). The CIO Board includes representatives of both clubs.
TONBRIDGE ROTARY CLUB
The Rotary motto is "Service above Self". Rotary began in Chicago in 1905 - the brainchild of an attorney Paul Harris. The first Rotary Clubs in Britain were established in 1911. There are now over 1800 Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland! Our Rotary Club in Tonbridge was chartered in 1924 and has ever since been active both locally, nationally and internationally, organising and participating in service and community projects and raising many thousands of pounds for charitable causes.
The Club meets at lunchtimes each Thursday apart from the last Thursday of each month, when we meet in the evening. Meetings generally include an address by a visiting speaker. The Club has developed close links with Rotary Clubs in Holland, Germany , France and Belgium and there is an active programme of contacts between us.
We support through the worldwide Rotary organisation a large variety of projects, probably the most famous of which is the programme to eradicate Polio. We also contribute strongly in response to natural disasters such as the Vanuatu cyclone and Nepal earthquake, through the Shelterbox, Water Aid and other charities.
Locally we have an active youth programme that encourages youngsters to develop and hone skills necessary for life after school. Community projects include Kids Out and theatre trips and an annual country drive and tea for senior citizens. Charities that we support locally include Kent Air Ambulance, Hospice in the Weald, the Scott Project, Bridge Trust, Headway, Carers First, Compaid, Porchlight, Demelza and many smaller but equally deserving local causes.
Overall our programme of events and charitable projects not only aids the community but promotes strong fellowship amongst Rotarians and their families.
If you are interested in joining the club or would just like to know more, please contact Harry Lilly on 01825 840277 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about us on our website.
TONBRIDGE LIONS CLUB
Tonbridge Lions Club was the first to be organised in Great Britain in 1949 and has remained one of the largest Lions Clubs in the country. The principal aim of the Lions movement is to provide help or funds for those most in need and the Tonbridge branch has been supporting local charities and good causes for over 60 years.
The Club meets once a month on Monday evenings where members decide what practical assistance and funds should be allocated to local needs. There is also a lively programme of many social events throughout the year. Over the last ten years Tonbridge Lions Club has raised in excess of £250,000 and most of this has been distributed to charities and projects in and around Tonbridge, with particular emphasis on:
· The Young – Financial grants are made to local young people undertaking charitable or welfare work experience locally and overseas.
· The Elderly – The main focus is on helping elderly people who live alone. Charitable funds are used for outings and specific items that help improve their quality of life.
· The Disabled & Needy – We provide the funds for special equipment and projects, outings and holidays for the disabled and help with individual cases of hardship.
· Local Charities – Those we have helped include: Hospice in the Weald, Kent Air Ambulance, Demelza House, Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, Headway, Scouts & Guides, Air Training Corps, The Bridge Trust, PACT, etc.
In addition we have donated to Lions Clubs International Foundation, a disaster relief fund which channels emergency aid through local Lions Clubs. If you are interest to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved, please contact our President: Gordon Hill on 01732 351431 email: email@example.com.
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