CITY of Hereford Rotary Club have boosted their capability to help
local, national and international charities after their most successful
duck race ever.

This year’s event, which was held earlier this month, produced proceeds
approaching £13,000.

“We are very grateful to all of the organisations which supported us by
buying business ducks and all of the outlets which helped us by hosting
our sales sessions, as well as to Hereford Round Table who assisted with
on-line sales,” said club president Kevin Basden.

“And, of course, we are especially grateful to all of the people who
bought ducks – this year was a complete sell-out with all of the 4,000
ducks sold.”

As well as supporting international schemes, such as the End Polio
campaign and Shelterbox, City of Hereford Rotary Club has been
especially active in the local community over the last 18 months.

The club’s Covid-19 Mutual Aid Fund was able to assist a number of local
charities which had suffered a fall-off in income due to the pandemic.
And club members masterminded a food parcel scheme in the city with more than 3,000 parcels delivered to households which were having problems making ends meet as a result of the coronavirus.

The club also organized a collection of items to give small treats to
staff and to patients at Hereford County Hospital who were unable to
receive visitors during the various lockdowns.

Other local schemes, such as the Courtyard’s dementia-friendly film
shows, Brookfield School, Hinton Community Centre and West Mercia
Women’s Aid have also been given a helping hand from club funds in
recent times.

“We can now assist other good causes with the monies raised by the duck
race,” said Kevin Basden.

“We meet every two weeks and are keen to encourage new members to join
us. Anyone interested should contact our membership chairman Luke Conod on for more details.”