Advent Calendar 2018

Throughout the month of December, leading up to Christmas, The Southwold and District Rotary Club will carry out 24 small charitable or community projects, one per day, in our very own version of an Advent Calendar. The final and 25th day is, of course, Christmas day and our Charity Swim on Southwold Beach.rotary

An article will be posted each day giving details of the day’s project. A summary can be found below. Click on “Read more” to see the full article.

We hope you enjoy following our Special Rotary Advent Calendar here on our website or on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    • Advent Calendar Day 24

      Advent Calendar Day 24

      It’s Christmas Eve and the last day of our Advent Calendar. For day 24 we will be donating £150 to Operation Smile.  Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, travelled … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 23

      Advent Calendar Day 23

      For day 23 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a donation of £250 to the mental health charity Young Minds. From their website:- We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 22

      Advent Calendar Day 22

      Day 22 of our Advent Calendar and we are revisiting a Rotary inspired project. The Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley launched the Fire Alert Project in 2013 as a result of local fire services coming under extreme financial pressures. As a result, fire prevention services, including the supply of … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 21

      Advent Calendar Day 21

      For day 21 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a donation of £100 to a charity that we all associate with Christmas but does wonderful work throughout the year. The Salvation Army.The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity. From their website:- The United Kingdom … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 20

      Advent Calendar Day 20

      It’s day 20 of our Advent Calendar and we will be helping a charity that is new to us, Conquest Art. We will be donating £100 to the Halesworth group to help them continue the good work they do. They meet at the United Reform Church in Halesworth every Wednesday.   … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 19

      Advent Calendar Day 19

      For the 19th day of our Advent Calendar we will be donating the proceeds of the money raised at the recent Christmas Lights Switch-on to Children in Need. On 24th November we had our cuddly toy stall at the event and this raised £250.Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 18

      Advent Calendar Day 18

      Not long to go now to the big day. It’s day 18 of our Advent Calendar and today is the day we have our Toy Service. The service will take place at the United Reform Church in Halesworth at 10 am, where toys will be collected and given to under … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 17

      Advent Calendar Day 17

      Day 17 of our Advent Calendar. Lucky Ncube is a student in Zimbabwe that we have been supporting through his studies. Through the charity Phumuza – Share the Load we have followed and supported his progress at Lubuze Primary and Avoca Secondary schools. He is now a boarder at Deziki High … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 16

      Advent Calendar Day 16

      For day 16 of our Advent Calendar, we will be donating £150 to Sightsavers. Sightsavers work to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities.  Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where people with disabilities participate equally in … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 15

      Advent Calendar Day 15

      For the 15th Day of our Advent Calendar our members will be holding our annual collection for the Halesworth Dementia Carers at the Rainbow supermarket in Halesworth. Come along and say hello. Halesworth dementia Carers’ Fund is a local Community Organisation supporting people living with dementia and their carers and their families. Our … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 14

      Advent Calendar Day 14

      To mark the 14th day of our Advent Calendar we will be making a donation of £100 to the charity Malaria No More. This is enough to buy 20 mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease.  Did you know? Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 13

      Advent Calendar Day 13

      For day 13 of our Advent Calendar we will be donating £150 to The Teenage Cancer Trust Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 12

      Advent Calendar Day 12

      We are half way through our Advent Calendar and for day 12 we be making a delivery of donated Christmas food to the Lowestoft Night Shelter now known as the Access Community Trust.  Their vision is to promote social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing people from becoming socially … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 11

      Advent Calendar Day 11

      For day 11 of our Advent Calendar, we are donating £150 to Life for African Mothers Life for African Mothers is a Maternal Health charity aiming to make birth safer in Sub Saharan Africa, by providing medication to treat eclampsia and post partum haemorrhage. By providing medication to treat the … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 10

      Advent Calendar Day 10

      It’s 10 days into our Advent Calendar and we revisit a very worthwhile charity, Water Aid. We will donate £242.42 to enable a school in Rwanda to have rain-water collection guttering and filters. Extreme poverty won’t end until everyone, everywhere has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. We’re determined … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 9

      Advent Calendar Day 9

      For day 9 of our Advent calendar, we are donating £150 to the Red Box Project.  The Red Box Project quietly ensures that no young person misses school because they have their period. Working as a nationwide community, The Red Box Project seeks to provide free menstrual products for the … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 8

      Advent Calendar Day 8

      It’s day 8 of our Advent Calendar and we have once again prepared welcome bags for the women’s refuges in Lowestoft and Diss. These bags contain essential items and a few luxuries for women and their children who have had to leave home at short notice. Many of them escaping … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 7

      Advent Calendar Day 7

      Day 7 of our Advent Calendar sees us donating £139 to a new charity for us “Mary’s Meals“. This will provide 10 meals for a year for children in some of the 17 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean that Mary’s Meals works. This donation … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 6

      Advent Calendar Day 6

      For day 6 of our Advent Calendar, we will be buying a nanny goat and a one-third share of a billy goat. We will do this with our donation of £172 through one of our favourite charities “Kids for Kids”  KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 5

      Advent Calendar Day 5

      For the fifth day of our Advent Calendar, we will donate £150 to the Charity “Scotty’s Little Soldiers”. Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting children & young people who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces. Inspired by the experience of Army widow … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 4

      Advent Calendar Day 4

      It’s day 4 of our Advent calendar and as we near Christmas our thoughts turn to the homeless. The charity Crisis can provide a place for a homeless person at Christmas for £28.18. This will provide –  A warm welcome and good company Three nutritious, hot meals daily, including a delicious … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 3

      Advent Calendar Day 3

      For the third day of our Advent Calendar we have erected Christmas trees at North Green in Southwold, Pitches View in Reydon and St. Mary’s Church in Halesworth.Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 2

      Advent Calendar Day 2

      For the second day of our Advent Calendar, we have filled 26 shoeboxes of gifts for Operation Christmas Child. This is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse. The shoeboxes are filled with treats for children of all ages to bring some happiness to children in over 160 countries around the world … Continue reading →Read More »
    • Advent Calendar Day 1

      Advent Calendar Day 1

      To kick-off this year’s Advent Calendar we have made a £100 donation to a very worthwhile charity, The Silverline. From their website:-  The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people: •  a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country … Continue reading →Read More »

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