Brockville – Both Brockville Rotary Clubs, (Rotary Club of Brockville & Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands) have suspended all of our regular and committee meetings to comply with local, provincial and national social distancing guidelines. However, we sent out an email challenge to our membership to think about ways that our two Rotary Clubs in Brockville could help our community cope with the challenges presented by the COVID19 virus pandemic.
The response from our members was overwhelming. Thankfully, so far our community has been largely spared from a large local outbreak of the virus but the economic impact for families in our area is very significant and worsening.
In an effort to lend a hand to some of our most vulnerable neighbours we have voted unanimously to do a special funding to three of our community partners.We have approved a donation of $2,000 each to Loaves and Fishes, and The Brockville and District Food Bank and also a $500 donation to the South Grenville Food Bank.
Shelley McCaffery and David Keenleyside, the Presidents of the 2 local Rotary clubs said, “We hope that this will ease the burden that vulnerable families will face with lost income during this economic and public health crisis. Our members are committed to our pledge of Service Above Self and it is our hope that these special donations will help our community cope in these troubled times. Unfortunately, we had to cancel Lobsterfest, one of our main fundraising events due to the virus, but that loss of revenue won’t stop us from lending a hand when it’s needed most.”
The Rotary Clubs of Brockville hope to resume our fundraising efforts later this year with our Golf Tournament and our Gala . We know that the community will rally behind these efforts, as it always does, so that Rotary in Brockville can continue to support key initiatives in our community and around the world.