There is nothing more private than the private affairs of individuals, and we wouldn’t
dream of breaching any confidences, so you will understand if some of the reports
about what we do are a bit short on detail. The one thing that comes first, however,
is that what we do has to benefit those who for whatever reason have missed out on
the health, home or security which most of us take for granted. Our works can be
found in and around Southport, and in and around the world!
So, on this first page, we will give you just a flavour of some of what we do, before
sending you off on a voyage of discovery. And if, at any time, you feel that you
might be able to help, we are only an email away. Click on the scrolls, dotted around
the website, tell us a bit about yourself, and we will get back to you!
A Reminder that Local People Care
It’s very easy to think that because we live in a Welfare State everyone is taken
care of, that poverty and hunger are things of the past. Fortunately, this is, to
a large extent, true. But not entirely so. There are always those whose family circumstances,
health and social problems, or homelessness, mean that, either temporarily or long-term,
they fall through the holes in the social security net.
Each year, in conjunction with the Southport Visiter, and the Southport Lions Club,
we collect and distribute food parcels, vouchers for various kinds of supplies, and
toys and other Christmas presents for children. These go to people who might otherwise
feel forgotten at a very difficult and expensive time of the year.
Click on our Santa Claus to learn more
How Would You Manage If Your House Was Destroyed?
Tsunamis, bush fires, earthquakes; sometimes it seems that there is no end to natural
disasters. In fact, these things happen all the time but, today, modern communications
mean that the devastation is brought before us while we sit at home and eat our evening
Sitting at home with an evening meal is only a fading memory for thousands, sometimes
millions, around the world. The rebuilding of infrastructure and housing is, at best,
a medium term objective. What is often the highest priority is somewhere to stay
tonight, and tomorrow night.
ShelterBoxes are prepacked boxes with shelter and enough emergency equipment to sustain
a family group in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. As a Club, we buy ShelterBoxes
whenever we can. They are held in convenient stores and sent out immediately when
a disaster strikes.
Click on the picture to learn more and read the news feed direct from ShelterBox
Special Days Out For Some Special Young People
For most of us, a day out at the theme park, or the funfair, is just one of those
childhood memories we take for granted. We might have gone with parents (or grandparents!)
family or school but, excitement apart, that was it.
Some of our youngsters have rather more complicated needs, and arranging fun days
out for them is not quite so straightforward. Throughout the country, Rotary Clubs
help to meet the need by organising days out at local attractions, and Southport
Rotary is no exception.
KidsOut started as the Liverpool Motorists’ Day Out, an idea proposed by Sir John
Moores in the 1960s, and hasn’t looked in the rear view mirror since!
Click on the bus to learn more.
Rotary’s Project To Rid The World Of Poliomyelitis
Over the years, Polio has been one of the most tragic diseases to afflict the human
race. No respecter of national boundaries, it has affected remote peoples in far
places, and children in Birmingham and Manchester.
Some years ago, Rotary International, in conjunction with other international bodies,
set itself the target of making the world polio-free. And we are nearly, but not