Sir - Your recent correspondent re our newly opened Rotary Shop in Barnstaple claims to be disconcerted over the destination of money raised through the shop by the town s two Rotary Clubs. Well, we can assure our many supporters that almost every penn
Sir - Your recent correspondent re our newly opened Rotary Shop in Barnstaple claims to be 'disconcerted' over the destination of money raised through the shop by the town's two Rotary Clubs.
Well, we can assure our many supporters that almost every penny raised will once again be handed out to a wide range of local good causes. More than 60 of them benefited from last year's shop proceeds and we'll surpass that this year. It's only fair to distribute the profits to local needy organisations when all the goods sold have been donated by local residents.
'Almost every penny' appears in our promotional material simply to cover us if, say, in the event of a major disaster elsewhere in the country or anywhere in the world, we need to send some emergency aid (usually in the form of 'ShelterBoxes' from Helston in Cornwall).
It's hard to imagine that anyone who has supported our shop in any way would be offended at some of the proceeds providing emergency relief.
Rotarians the world over give up their time willingly to help their local communities in whatever way they can, usually low key things that receive no publicity.
However, our Rotary Shop puts us in the public eye with 1000s of shoppers popping in for a browse over a typical week. Hopefully they leave with a bargain or at least a favourable idea of what Rotary is all about.
Your readers can always be sure of a warm welcome at our super new shop (opposite the Queens Theatre in Boutport Street) and we'll be delighted to receive any good quality items to help fill the shelves. Also, if you are connected with a charity or good cause locally and in need of funds we'll be pleased to hear from you, too.
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