The Rotary Club of Otter Valley was founded in 1986 and is part of the British Isles and Ireland network of International Rotary Clubs. Our club has raised more than £200,000 for local and international charities, causes and projects over the past few years. We are a group of people who wish more than anything else to serve others more than ourselves but we do this with a sense of fellowship and fun.
Most of work involves raising funds for our charitable account where we then distribute monies to worthy causes.
Our fundraising includes organising the car parking at the Honiton show, handing out child security bands at the Devon County show, taking Father Xmas round the streets and villages of our area in his all singing and dancing sleigh accompanied by his elves, taking father Xmas to his grotto where he hands out Xmas presents to children, taking senior citizens from Ottery St Mary our for a day to places like Dartmouth and Totnes for a steam train ride, taking young disabled children to Crealy Adventure park for a day, encouraging young school children to participate in competitions for music, photography, cookery, speaking, writing and in sports. We help the local Silver band, the young cricketers, the Scouts, teams for the Ten Tors challenge, the Memory café, and of course many International projects such as Door of Hope, a baby orphanage in South Africa where babies who would otherwise be abandoned are deposited in a heated and alarmed box where they are taken in for adoption and fostering. There are many more examples of the kind of work we do but we also have a great social life with teams of golfers and skittles players amongst us.
The Devon Rotarium is not the first major event to be organised by our club. We raised in excess of £25,000 for Help the Heroes by taking a sailing boat from Devon to London and collecting on the way. We also used the same boat to sail from Devon to Bristol to raise funds for British Legion and one of our more energetic Presidents walked the Coastal Path to raise an enormous sum for charity.
In 2016 a slightly more dotty President rode a vintage scooter with a colleague to Barcelona and back to Devon and raised £5,000 for Headway, the Brain injury charity. So, you see, we are an eclectic bunch of people who love to raise funds for good causes. We do hope you may consider helping us to raise funds from Devon Rotarium to help us in our work but more than anything else, we do hope you have a wonderfully enjoyable day on your bike and return the following year.