A busy weekend!

Winchester Rotary was in evidence at two public events in our city over the weekend of 17-19 May.

On Friday 17 May, we were one of several organisations invited to have a stand at an event coordinated by Winchester Radio to mark Dementia Action Week. Former Rotarian Anna O’Brien extended the inviatation and the gazebo duly appeared – with information about Rotary, and highlighting in particular the Dementia Friendly tours of Winchester Cathedral, (described elsewhere in another article by Diana Brooks). Several members of the public stopped for a word, including parliamentary candidate Danny Chambers. The occasion also provided an opportunity to meet the new Mayor, Cllr Russell Gordon-Smith, who toured the stands.

The local organisers of the Cancer Research UK “Race for Life” had asked us for more stewards for the Winchester event on Sunday 19 May and four members obliged. A hugely successful event, as can be seen from articles in the local press. It was a humbling experience to witness the huge age range of those taking part – the touching messages many carried, honouring a relative or friend reminds us of the need to overcome this dreadful disease. But there was a sense of fun too – pink skirts, pink hats, pink balloons – even dogs in skirts! We hope to continue our involvement next year.

Diana Brooks, Deborah Macartney, Mike Court and Paul Russell with Danny Chambers
Ian White, Julian English, Paul and Gill Russell at Race for Life

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