Service Above Self

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Roger Evans

Roger Evans (above), president of the Rotary Club of Rye and Winchelsea writes:

“Rotary is all about helping our communities and there has probably not been any time in living memory that communities need our help as during the Covid-19 crisis. Social activities are still restricted. However, during this time we must also consider not only the protection of ourselves, by regular hand washing and social distancing, but we must also remember that within our local communities there are vulnerable people, those in need and those with reduced mobility for a number of reasons

“You can still help, but ensure that, if picking up prescriptions or dropping off food shopping, that you take extra care and leave packages in porches or by arranging beforehand a location to leave the delivery. In this area, Rye Mutual Aid continues to offer excellent services through its volunteering network, across Rye, Winchelsea and neighbouring villages.

“A side effect of people ordering home food shopping deliveries has been a drop in the number of supplies to food banks, as people are no longer walking past the ‘box’ at the tills where food bank collections are generally made. The Rotary Club continues to provide support to the Rye Food Bank,  as do many of you, including Jempson’s Supermarket.

“But it is clear more is needed, so please think on how you can still drop off something for them on a regular basis, and continue to help those in need in our community.

“Rotary’s motto is “service above self”. While Rotarians are usually involved in the provision of their own service and professional skills, due to Coronavirus related restrictions many are unable to carry out physical duties. However we continue to support the community as best we can under the present circumstances.

“If you are interested in joining our club, or just finding out more about what we do, then please contact us at ryerotary@gmx.com or speak to one of us at some future event”.

Image Credits: Rye Rotary .

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