The Showcase is the place to find ideas for fundraising, community projects and international initiatives, to learn from other Rotarians and to share your own club’s projects.We’re inviting a mix of old favourites and new exhibitors to take part, so watch this space for more news.  Watch out for the latest additions coming very soon.

Meet our Exhibitors

AQUABOX

Aquabox is a volunteer-led, pure Rotary charity,  Its engine room is made up of over 70 volunteers who give freely of their time each week to construct, test and package the filters and humanitarian aid items that comprise the AQUABOX ‘package’.

AQUABOX was started by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth in 1992. It operates across the globe, rapidly responding to major humanitarian crises and providing people, in desperate need, with a convenient means of producing portable water supplies. It has save the lives of 1000’s of global citizens.

The AQUABOX filter, which forms the nucleus of our aid provision, removes all water-borne pathogens from polluted water supplies. In doing so, it reduces levels of endemic illnes; this allows children to access education more fully, and enables local citizens to contribute more fully to their communities’ recovery and post-disaster development.

The AQUABOX filtration technology is highly sustainable (some filters continue to function over 6 years after delivery). It provides an alternative to the usage of plastic water bottle supplies – a not insignificant factor in today’s plastic-ridden world.

The Arctic One Foundation

The Arctic One Foundation is a Registered Charity (No. 1149536) and was established in October 2012. The Foundation believes that sport should be accessible to all and aims to provide people with disabilities and groups and clubs the opportunity to get involved in sport and active in the community through their own events. Tri and Para Tri Festival in May held at the Olympic Venue Eton Downey which attracted over 140 Para Athletes, including the first ever Para Triathlon World Cup as well as the complete novice and the world first Junior Para Triathlon is now in its 7th year and attracts Junios from all over the country to have a go at the Swim Bike Run event. ‘Forward Motion’ Grant System – so far we have allocated 135 grants involving 23 different sports, and Challenges and Activities (Summer of Sport Challenge and Winter Challenge) which are open to all. The Foundation believes that everyone has the ability to enjoy sport in some way. The Charity is run totally by volunteers.

AW Matthews

AW Matthews is an official supplier of a wide range of Jewels, Clothing and Accessories for Rotary Clubs.

Canine Partners

Canine Partners is a registered charity that trains assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities including civilians and members of HM Armed Forces. The dogs are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. They also increase independence, confidence, self-esteem, a sense of security and bring companionship and increased social interaction.

Canine Partners receives no government funding and relies solely on public donations. For further information visit caninepartners.org.uk or call 08456 580 480. Registered charity No. 803680 (England and Wales) and SC039050 (Scotland).

Global Sight Solutions

The avoidable blindness programmeProviding free eye care to the poor in the developing world

A Rotary inspired charity originally known as The Guildford Rotary Eye Project. Since its inception it has enabled over 50 eye hospitals, and currently oversees in excess of 100,000 cataract operations per annum. A DONATION OF JUST £5 CAN ENABLE THE BLIND TO SEE AGAIN!

Each hospital is run by Rotarians and seeks to derive its own income stream locally, thereby becoming financially freestanding. With your help, and that of The Rotary Foundation, we can help many more of the 50 million poor who cannot afford surgical eye care.For more information, or to book a speaker, go to www.globalsightsolutions.org  01483 481856

Hope-Rio Wellbeing

Rotarian Victoria Williams established Hope-Rio Wellbeing in 2017 to bring much needed mental health and emotional wellbeing solutions to individuals, businesses, schools and other organisations. Victoria is a Fusion Therapeutic Coach and Master Trainer with over 6,000 hours of professional coaching and training experience.

Through Hope-Rio Wellbeing, Victoria uses the Fusion Model to deliver fun, interactive, informative group workshops across the UK as well as private one-to-one therapeutic coaching sessions for adults. She is also available to speak at Rotary meetings across District 1090.

Literacy in a Box

Children have a right to an education – wherever they are in the world. Sadly, for many children, they miss out and are left to live out their lives in conditions at the edge of survival. They are desperate for a better life. Literacy in a Box seeks to give hope of a better life to children, by supplying their schools with the basics of education, paper, pens, pencils, rulers etc along with recreational items such as footballs and skipping ropes. They are given a personal backpack and pencil case to hold their school items. We also send text books by arrangement. Each Literacy box, delivered to a school in Zambia, costs £325 and contains enough materials for 25 children – a cost of just £13 per child. However, education is a continuous process, so they need Literacy Boxes to be sent regularly!  Email info@literacyboxtrust.org.uk or call Ian Parker on 01752/07981 147089.

Macular Society

Every day over 200 people in the UK face the shock of a diagnosis of macular disease. The Macular Society helps people adapt to life with sight loss, regain their confidence and independence and take back control of their lives. We are one of the few sight loss charities that actively fund and support medical research into macular disease. This is the research that will one day find a cure.

OK Our Kids

OK Our Kids is a Community Interest Company which has been set up to help young children deal confidently with the challenges and dangers of staying safe at home, in school and in the community.

The initiative being taken by OK Our Kids is of national importance, given the number of problems being faced by young people in today’s world.

A new book called “Watch Out” has recently been published.  The book has been put together in a creative format to appeal to children between the ages of 5 and 11.

The are 26 subject areas including: Stranger Danger, Household Dangers, Running Off, In-Car Safety, Road Awareness, Healthy Eating, Cycle Awareness, First Aid, Stealing, Respect for Animals, Internet Awareness, Are you a Bully? Knives and Weapons, Family Danger, Drink, Drugs & Smoking, Being Different, Planet Earth, Diversity, TV & Media, Bullying, Gangs and Groups, Mobile Phones, How to Say “No”, Extremism, Emergency Services, You Can Achieve.

Pancreatic Cancer Action

Pancreatic Cancer Action is a national charity dedicated to saving lives through early diagnosis and improving the quality of life for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Founded by a pancreatic cancer survivor, who proves that early diagnosis is achievable, and survival is possible, Pancreatic Cancer Action’s vision is a day when everyone is diagnosed early and survives pancreatic cancer.

We are the only UK charity that specifically focuses on early diagnosis in everything we do. From raising awareness of the symptoms with the public and funding early diagnosis research, to providing diagnostic tools for healthcare professionals and free information for patients and their families.

Purple Community Fund 

Purple Community Fund creates a pathway our of poverty for children and their families living on the Philippine rubbish sites, through education, health, nutrition, skills training and support in employment.

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity funds Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurses in communities across the UK. They provide expert care and support to children with serious illnesses and their families. We believe every serious ill child should have access to the best possible healthcare.

Sand Dams 

Sand dams provide a reliable supply of clean, safe water for communities practising subsistence agriculture. These communities are often caught in a poverty trap from which they cannot escape – they are ‘on the edge’.

Sand dams are low-cost constructions, with minimal maintenance requirements. They are best suited to the semi-arid areas of the world where there is seasonal rainfall with regular droughts. Sand dams become the first stage of superbly constructed ‘community development projects’. With expert advice, encouragement and support, communities embark on a path of sustainable development. They are empowered to adapt and improve their economies, their social welfare and their environment.

 School in a Bag 

School in a Bag is an initiative run by the Piers Simon Appeal, a charity, set up in memory of Piers who sadly lost his life in the Indian Ocean Tsunami on Boxing Day in 2004. In 2009, following a project helping orphan children in Swaziland, the School in a Bag (SIAB) initiative was born to help address the millions of children who are deprived of an opportunity to learn.

School in a Bag delivers rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to poor, orphan and disaster-affected children around the world. To date, the initiative has delivered over 87,000 SchoolBags to children in 39 countries.The cost to sponsor a SchoolBag is £20 and to ensure equality amongst the beneficiaries, the SchoolBags are all identical with brand new contents.Each SchoolBag is numbered enabling donors to track their funded SchoolBag(s) on the School in a Bag website www.schoolinabag.org.

Shelterbox

Shelterbox hand-delivers emergency shelter to families who have lost their homes through conflict and natural disasters. Each disaster is different, which is why we provide people with a range of vital equipment to help them start to rebuild their lives.

Since starting as a Rotary club project in 2000, ShelterBox has grown, with the support of Rotary clubs around the world, to become an internationally recognised, independent disaster relief organisation. Today we are proud to be an official Rotary International Project Partner, further strengthening a global circle of friendship and enabling the provision of shelter to many more families in need. To find out more about the work we achieve in partnership and how your Rotary club can get involved, check out our website www.shelterbox.org or visit the ShelterBox stand.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Thames Valley Air Ambulance is the only provider of advanced critical care within Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Every day, someone in our community could be in urgent need of our service. Our doctor and paramedic teams are able to perform advanced medical procedures at the scene of an incident, delivering treatment that would normally only be available in a hospital. This means that within minutes, a patient is diagnosed, treated and given hospital-level mediation more quickly, increasing their chance of survival.

Operating 19 hours a day, 365 days a year, the iconic red helicopter is staffed with an expert pilot, doctor and paramedic and can reach anyone in need in the region within 20 minutes of take-off. The road vehicles, known as Critical Care Response Cars carry the same equipment as the helicopter.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance is a charity and is fully funded by the generosity of the community it serves.