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Harlow Tye Rotary take part in Local Charities Day

Charity / Mon 18th Dec 2017 at 07:51am

Rotary Tye

By Adam Spartley

A scattering of charity stalls decorated Harlow Town Centre as part of Local Charities Day.

Among the organisations present today was the Rotary Foundation, who were promoting their yearly charity abseil of the Affinity Water Tower.

Harlow Tye Rotary Club president Bill Colton had been braving the bitter cold since half past nine, hoping to coax passers-by away from their Christmas shopping and into an abseiling harness.

‘Every year we get around 200 people signing up to take part, its great fun and its for a good cause.’ he said.

A member for almost forty years, Bill talks about the Rotary Club passionately, and has seen the abseil raise 910,000 pounds for over 300 causes since its inception in 1997,

‘The Rotary Foundation is listed in the Top 4 charities worldwide, and the main reason for this is we have no administration fees whatsoever,’ Bill said, ‘100% of money raised for the charity goes directly to helping those in need.’

A cause close to Rotary Clubs worldwide is the fight to eradicate polio, an infectious and potentially fatal disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord.

‘Twenty years ago there were 3000 cases of polio reported every day worldwide, in the past year there have only been 12, and the British Government has recently pledged to give 100,000 pounds to the cause.’ said Bill, who was one of the first people to sign up for the abseil this coming May.

‘I’ve done it a couple of times, and of course, im raising money for the Rotary Charity Fund. Every penny of the money i raise will go to local, national and international causes, directly to people who need support the most.’

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