Guernsey charities are being invited to apply for a share of the funds that will be raised by the 2019 Saffery Rotary Walk.
The walk is one of the leading charity events on the island. This year (2018) saw more than 700 walkers take part, and £61,000 was distributed to 20 local charities. The Saffery Rotary Walk Organising Committee is now looking for more charities to benefit from next year’s funds.
Submissions from projects of all sizes will be considered and can be made by any locally-registered charity or not–for-profit organisation in need of financial support for a specific initiative. Requests for funds to cover general running costs will not be considered.
Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 30 November 2018.
The walk is a great opportunity for local charities to get a boost in funding. One of the 20 charities who benefited from the 2018 Saffery Rotary Walk was Bright Beginnings Nursery.
Teresa Bott, Children’s Centre Manager at Bright Beginnings Nursey and Pre-school Children’s Centre, said: “We are very grateful to have received funds from this year’s walk – it went towards providing book bags for our Great Expectations reunion groups. We are encouraging new parents to read to their children from a young age to promote the importance of early language and literacy. As a charity, Bright Beginnings Children’s Centre couldn’t carry out the important work we do without the help and support of the community. I’d encourage any charity to apply for funding.”
The walk is one of the largest fundraisers on the island. Over its 21 years it has seen 7,000 participants take part, and more than £740,000 has been raised for local causes.
Simon Milsted, Chair of the walk’s organising committee, said: “The money raised by the walkers each year makes a real difference to a range of organisations within our community. Every year the walk gets more and more support. It’s evolved into a really well-loved community event, and this is in large part due to all the fantastic work that the supported charities do for the island.”
Lisa Vizia, Director at Saffery Champness and member of the walk’s organising committee, said: “Since Saffery Champness took on the headline sponsorship in 2014, we have found it to be a really inspirational event. It is an opportunity for us to help raise funds and awareness of many local charities. If you are involved with a locally-registered charity I would highly recommend applying. Along with our regular beneficiaries we are also really keen to hear from new charities who have not received funds from the walk before.”
Charity application forms and further information can be found on the website: https://www.safferyrotarywalk.com/charities/