Oxford Rotaract’s Silly Olympics raises funds for Aspire’s project to send trainees to Kenya

hoppersOn Tuesday 12th May the members of The Rotaract Club of Oxford and their sponsoring club, The Rotary Club of Oxford Spires, held their quarterly joint meeting. The clubs meet together to share ideas on events, share plans for their clubs, and to catch up on chat. At this particular meeting they discussed and shared ideas on the Oxford Spires’ five year plan.

This was the follow up to a “Visioning Session” that the Rotarians had a few months ago and so was an opportunity for the Rotaracters to both contribute to the discussion about how the Rotarians could make the club look more appealing to potential new members and for them to think about whether they might conduct a similar exercise themselves. The meeting also had visitors, including Mark Gallagher from a local charity Aspire.


Members of Oxford Rotaract, Rotary Club of Oxford Spires and guests.

This was the perfect time for Oxford Rotaract to present Mark with a cheque for £271.10, which they raised at their last fundraising event, The Silly Olympics, where they ran games such as space hopper racing, cotton bud shot putt, and the paper javelin.

Mark Gallagher says

“We at Aspire are really thankful for the money that the Rotaract Club of Oxford has donated to us. Their contribution helps our efforts to raise funds for Aspire trainees to travel to Western Kenya to volunteer with the Nasio Trust. Plus the space hopper race was a fantastic sight to see”.

Aspire is an Oxford charity that helps people in unfortunate situations get back into work. Aspire is one of the charities that The Rotaract Club of Oxford is supporting in this Rotary year. The club chose to support The Rotary Foundation for the year and since the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires is supporting the Aspire project with a grant from the Rotary Foundation, it was a simple next step for the Rotaracters to chose to support the project too.


Mark Gallagher from Aspire and Chris Faulkner on hoppers

To find out more about Aspire and the work that they do, go to http://www.aspireoxford.co.uk/.