23 local causes have been chosen to receive funding from this year’s Saffery Rotary Walk.
The Walk’s committee, made up of representatives from the Rotary Club and sponsor Saffery Champness, had the difficult task of selecting the projects from all the charity applications received.
The projects selected for 2019 funding are:
- Arts for Impact– funding for eight-week course of art based workshops
- Choices LBG– providing training for three nurses in specialist sexual health skills
- Cystic Fibrosis, Guernsey– purchasing an innovative new airway clearing device
- Dementia Friendly Guernsey– raising awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of dementia
- ECOF (Every Child Our Future)– establishing a breast pump library and normalising breast feeding on the island
- Grow Ltd– purchasing, materials, posts, wires and fruit trees to create an espalier tree bank; and a fridge to store produce
- Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association– providing specialist equipment to help improve the lives of those living with dementia
- Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders– purchasing sewing machines for craft workshops, and buying second-hand bicyles for travel to work
- Guernsey Gateway Club– buying musical instruments for the clubroom
- Guernsey Sailing Trust– replacing their oldest Bombard C4 Safety Boat
- Guernsey RAF Air Cadets– purchasing eight two way UHF radios
- Lauren Ellis LBG. The S.E.L.F Project– purchasing traffic light bands to help people with mental illness express how they are feeling; and advertising leaflets for other agencies
- Le Rondin School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association– introducing Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology
- Paws for Support– providing highly trained dogs to improve people’s lives in everything from literacy to self-esteem
- St Mary and St Michael Primary School – replacing playground equipment
- The Friends of KGV– revamping the playground facilities
- The Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief– training two nurses to understand the procedures involved in stem cell transplants
- The Lihou Island Charitable Trust– new archery equipment
- The Pollinator Project– planting pollinator patches in schools
- The RTU & OAP Association– to provide members who spend a lot of time on their own with a summer outing, a tea party and Christmas lunch with all the trimmings
- Vauvert Primary School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association– replacing play equipment
- We All Matter Eh? (GDA)– developing a suite of materials to help people better understand hidden disabilities
- Youth Commission– contribution towards replacing a minibus
The Saffery Rotary Walk is one of Guernsey’s largest annual charity fundraising events and the only round-island walk. This is the sixth year that headline sponsor Saffery Champness has supported the walk.
Lisa Vizia, director at Saffery Champness and member of the organising committee, said: “Every year selecting the charities is a difficult task. There are so many worthy projects on the island and the number of applications have continued to increase over the years we’ve been involved.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to the local community, we aim to support as many charitable projects as possible and we feel that the committee’s choices this year represent a good cross section of island life. As always we hope many walkers sign up and raise as much as possible for these well deserving charities.”
Simon Milsted, chair of the walk’s organising committee, said: “The walk has significant impact on our community and its continued success is built on people taking part and generating sponsorship; so we’d like to encourage any potential walkers out there to take advantage of our early-bird offers and get registered as soon as possible, whether you are walking the full 39 miles or a section of it as part of a relay team. This will ensure that we are able to contribute the full amount that we have pledged to this year’s chosen charities.”
Early bird rates are available until the end of January. Those who register before 31 January will pay £20, after which time the registration fee will increase to £25. Relay teams can also take advantage of a similar offer. Teams of from four to seven walkers who wish to take on a section of the walk each can benefit from anearly bird price of £100, which will then increase to £140.
The 2019 Saffery Rotary Walk takes place on Saturday 15 June. Anyone who wishes to sign up can register by going to the event’s website: www.safferyrotarywalk.com