As a local business P&R Alarms are always looking to make a difference to the surrounding community, after all our business is keeping you safe! When we were approached by the local Rotary Club to sponsor their annual Sandwich Board March, we jumped at the chance to help raise funds for the vital work that Rotarian volunteers carry out.
Rotary Clubs, for those not in the know, are local volunteer groups which are part of the global Rotary International organisation. The organisation was founded in 1905 in Chicago, USA, and since its inception it has grown to over 32,000 clubs with 1.2 million members worldwide. We’re sure when Paul Harris set up the charitable organisation nearly 115 years ago he could not have predicted how far it would go, but the motto Service Above Self is one which appeals to community minded individuals who want to help. The Worcester branch was set up in 1924 and is one of five in the city, so the citizens of Worcester and the surround area, are well served by the band of volunteers.
The Rotary Club of Worcester is active within a plethora of charities and organisations from hospice care to cancer research, local schools and clean water charities, so the impact of the Club is both local, and worldwide as part of the initiatives of Rotary International. They held their eighth annual Sandwich Board March, in the town centre, on 22nd June and the procession of 40 people, some wearing sandwich boards with the sponsors on them and some from the 7th Malvern Company Girls’ Brigade forming the marching band, made quite the impact on shoppers. The parade lasted 45 minutes and raised over £3,000 for local causes, money which will make a real difference to people’s lives. Here’s a picture of our sandwich board in case you missed the parade. A video of the event is available here.
John Pooley, Chairman of the Rotary Club of Worcester, said that “each year we are on the lookout for different charities. We tend to support the smaller, local ones who do not take part in as much fundraising activities as larger organisations”. It’s this aspect of the Rotary Club’s mission that appealed to us most, as our work also makes a difference to local people’s lives, whether that’s helping someone make their home secure in the wake of a burglary, when they may be feeling emotionally vulnerable, or keeping customers of local businesses safe with our top of the line CCTV cameras and monitoring services. The Rotary International motto, Service Above Self is one we like to apply in our own work, as we always put the needs of our customers first, and strive to respond to emergency call outs as quickly as possible, often beating our target time by several hours.