Cowley Road Carnival

Oxford Rotaract volunteer at Cowley Carnival

On the 1st of July 2018, members of the Oxford Rotary and Oxford Rotaract participated in the Cowley Road Carnival. It was one of the warmest days of the year so far, and we were out in full force with the hustle and bustle of the carnival. Oxford Spires Rotary Club had a small stall and was welcoming with fun activities such as splat the rat and balloon animal making by our expert. The balloon forming was especially popular with the children attending the carnival.

This event was our chance to support one of our local charities by fundraising for Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB). The OAB is a life-enhancing charity founded in 1877 aiming to help people with sight loss lead independent lives. With the help of the community Oxford Spires Rotary Club and Oxford Rotaract managed to raise £101 with a bucket collection. By handing out leaflets and engaging with attendees we were also able to promote our local Rotary and Rotaract Clubs.

All together it was a fun and successful and we were able to enjoy the carnival atmosphere as well. Cowley Road Carnival is a local highlight of the summer, celebrating with food, music and people from different cultures all over the world.



Oxford Rotaract celebrates World Rotaract Week

On Wednesday 15th March, we celebrated World Rotaract Week at The Brittania pub in Headington where we took part in some great activities.

These activities included creating a banner where we wrote down answers to the following question: “What Does Rotaract Mean to You?”

We encouraged members and new members to write down a reason about why they were a part of Rotaract as well. Some answers included – being involved in the community, meeting new people, raising money for charity and volunteering.


One group in serious video planning mode!

We also got into teams and made videos using the subject ‘Celebrating¬†Rotaract’.

Our teams had 20 minutes to plan and film their video representing what they thought was so great about Rotaract, both at club level in Oxford and more generally as an organisation.

You can view our winning entry below:

Our President, Emma Wilberforce, summed up her reason for being in Rotaract, “I love meeting new people and getting involved in our local community. It’s great to see that there are other like-minded people out there! Rotaract is a great thing to be a part of and I would urge anyone between 18 – 30 years old to join their local club.”

Some of our reasons for being a part of Rotaract.

Oxford Rotaract are always looking for new members to join in and our next meeting is Wednesday 29th March, 8pm at The Brittania Inn. You can also view our upcoming events on our Calendar.

Here’s to Rotaract!

What does Rotaract mean to you? A lot of happy people!

Volunteering at Oxford Half Marathon

As part of supporting our charity of the year, Helen & Douglas House, we went along to volunteer at the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 9th October.


We cheered on all of the runners, with particularly loud cheers for all the runners for Helen & Douglas House, wearing their bright orange t-shirts. We also handed out jelly babies as runners came past to give them that much-needed boost as they hit mile 12, to carry them through to the end.

It was amazing seeing all these people run through the course, some with smiles on their faces, others deep in concentration. We really enjoyed playing our part on the day and a huge congratulations to all the runners, including one of our own members, Sam Cobley, who managed to set a new PB!