Beach Rotary hands out funds to local groups

At its annual Recipients Breakfast, the Toronto Beach Rotary Club heard from seven groups that will be receiving funds from the club this year.

The Beach Rotary group meets weekly for breakfast, often hearing from representatives of organizations speaking on community and business issues. Rotarians also run a number of fundraisers throughout the year, in order to offer funding to both local and international charity and non-profit groups.

Every year, the club dedicates one breakfast meeting to hearing from the local Beach-area groups on where the funding offered by the club will be going.

“We certainly focused on youth a lot this year,” said Barb Dingle, Beach Rotary secretary.

Two high school students, one each from Malvern and Monarch Park, are receiving $1,000 scholarships through the Community Police Liaison Committee at 55 Division.

“That’s for students that are active in volunteering in the community,” said Dingle.

Balmy Beach Club will get money to put kids from struggling families in its summer camp. Applegrove Community Centre is also receiving money to help youth in its summer camp leadership program. Community Centre 55’s summer leadership camp will also get a boost, along with its Share-A-Christmas Program.

In the health area, some money will be going to Toronto East General Hospital, as well as Providence Health Care’s adult day program, which provides a much-needed break for caregivers of people suffering from dementia and Alzheimers. The program has been much praised for its success, according to Dingle.

“From what I understand, people across the country are studying it,” she said.

The final recipient is Variety Village’s Lifestyle, Independence, Nutrition, Knowledge, Sport (LINKS) program, which teaches skills to young adults with disabilities. Beach Rotary will be specifically sponsoring a garden grown and maintained by participants, who use the produce in the breakfasts they cook and offer at Variety Village.

The common link between all the recipients is that they focus on their own neighbourhood.

“We look for groups that are helping within our community,” said Dingle. “The goal is always to help people to help themselves.”

Remaining funds raised by the club over the past year are donated towards Rotary International’s causes around the globe, including the eradication of polio, land mine removal and sustainable water projects in third world countries. Toronto Beach Rotary is always looking for new members. For more information on the club, visit torontobeachrotary.org.

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