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KINVER ROTARY CLUB RAISES £6000 FOR CHARITY FROM THREE EVENTS IN THREE WEEKS


By Ian Maddock - Posted on 15 October 2013

A number of charities are to benefit from the efforts of members of the Rotary Club of Kinver who have raised more than £6,000 in three very different events.

The biggest “earner” was the annual 10k run and 2k family fun run in aid of Action Heart, which is expected to produce almost £3,000 when all sponsorship monies are in. The overheads were already completely covered by main sponsor BodyKraft of Pensett, together with Dudley Motor Company and Granlyn Specialist Coatings of West Bromwich.
The run, which attracted almost 200 runners, was started by local MP Gavin Williamson, who also joined club President Nick Geoghegan to present the prizes to the winners.

Club members donated scores of items for the annual harvest auction, including a Norwegian meal, a holiday in an apartment in Turkey, and a hand-made planter as well as copious amounts of food and drink. Members and guests who then purchased them raised over £1,600 which went into the club’s general charities fund.

The Kinver club joined the Rotary Club of Hagley to stage a musical evening at Kidderminster Town Hall featuring the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service and the Stourport Choral Society, who were making their first ever combined appearance on stage. The evening, and its associated raffle, raised more than £1,800 which will be divided between Kemp Hospice in Kidderminster and the local charity funds of the two clubs.

Nick Geoghegan says: “To raise so much money in just three weeks is a tremendous feat, although we must remember that months of planning went into the concert and the 10k run and the success of the harvest auction was all due to the generosity of our club members.

“I congratulate all concerned with staging the three events which have produced such significant sums for worthwhile charities.”

Anybody interested in the work of the Rotary Club of Kinver should contact membership chairman Tom Bryson on 01384 872204.

Mike Deathridge

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