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'Christmas is 'A Comin' ... Soon'
Crescendo Rotary Choir’s Christmas concert supports ShelterBox
A choir which has raised in excess of £25,000 for good causes hopes to help transform the lives of families living in disaster areas this Christmas.
The Crescendo Rotary Choir of Worthing, which rehearses at Sompting Abbotts School each week, is supporting the charity ShelterBox through ticket sales for its annual Christmas concert.
‘Christmas is A ’Comin’ …Soon’, named after an uplifting calypso carol from the programme, took place at the Salvation Army Citadel, Crescent Road, Worthing on December 20th. The joyous celebration, accompanied by Worthing Salvation Army band, included traditional carol singing and audience participation, as well as festive songs from around the world, including the Caribbean, Germany, India and Poland.
Crescendo Choir director, Alma Cronin, said: “In the run up to this concert the choir was invited to rehearse at Sompting Abbotts School by Headmaster Stuart Douch and singing in such an idyllic setting has proved inspirational. This year’s programme is one of our most creative yet.”
“Over the years we have been extremely proud to support the Rotary Club of Worthing and we hope the proceeds from ‘Christmas is A Comin’ …Soon’ will purchase at least three shelter boxes for families living in disaster areas like Syria, Sierra Leone or Nepal.”
All proceeds from the concert go to ShelterBox, helping to provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
Further to this article we are pleased to report that our Christmas concert was very successful and enjoyed by a large audience.
We are delighted to announce that we were able to raise over £1500 from ticket sales and we have paid for three Shelterboxes.
As you will be aware the world is in turmoil and there has never been a greater need than now for relief aid as supplied by Shelterbox.
The Crescendo Summer concert will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 27th Jone 2015 at Our Lady of Sion Senior School, Gratwicke Road, Worthing.
Crescendo Rotary Choir was founded in January 2007 to raise money for projects chosen by the Rotary Club of Worthing. Since its inception, the choir has grown and now has around 60 members including a number of Rotarians. It is thought to be the only dedicated Rotary Choir in the country.
The choir presents concerts twice a year, generally towards the end of June and at Christmas to raise funds for local or international good causes. Some of the charities which have recently benefited include ‘eyesee’, a local based international eye sight charity combating blindness, Ferring Country Centre, families and children in crisis in our area, Chestnut Tree House, our local children’s hospice and most recently Worthing Samaritans and Worthing Scope and buying a spirometer (measuring lung function) for Worthing Hospital.
The June concert with a transport theme was very successful and attracted a full house. In addition to the choir's contribution there were solos by our very accomplished pianist, and by her daughter, a very talented violinist and a guitarist who showed his versatility by performing two quite differently styled pieces. There were also several humorous acts by members of the choir. We raised £1350 for the Worthing Hospital spirometer. From feedback we believe that we gave good value for money.
Worthing Rotary Carnival
This year's carnival procession with the usual attractions in Steyne Gardens had the distinction of taking place on the wettest August Bank Holiday Monday for at least 27 years. This can be stated quite positively by the writer of this editorial who has taken part in the previous twenty six carnivals since he joined Rotary in 1987! It poured incessantly all day yet the public were very supportive and surprisingly many braved the elements to support us and they gave on average proportionately more than usual towards our charity fund in support of local good causes. A feature of the day was the outstanding cheerfulness of participants and spectators alike who were determined to have a good time despite what the weather threw at them! The success of the occasion was down in particular to representatives of the three Worthing Rotary Clubs who formed a joint committee which worked very hard over many months to ensure that things went well on the day- and they did! We expect better of the weather in August 2015.
The Three Forts Challenge 3rd May 2015
This annual event is organised by local Rotary clubs including ours. It comprises very punishing Marathon and Half-Marathon races which take competitors over a very hilly South Downs course, testing stamina to its limits. There is always a large entry and participants come not only from this area but from many parts of the country, and outside the UK, such is its distinctive and now prestigious character. Net proceeds of the event are shared by Ferring Country Centre which provides support for adults with learning difficulties and other local charities.
Worthing Rotary Hobbies and Leisure Exhibition
The Worthing Hobbies and Leisure exhibition which takes place every two years was held as usual in the Assembly Hall in February. There was a very good response from local hobbies enthusiasts and from a very diverse range of organisations. There was an excellent attendance from the public and the exhibitors were well pleased with this response. This exhibition is a well-established and very welcome contribution to the social life of the town.
Rotary International is the world's oldest service club organisation and is made up of some 31,000 Clubs in more than 166 countries around the world. Our members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their local community and the world. Rotary's motto " Service above Self" exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation's more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterise Rotary worldwide. Rotary enjoys a rich and complex tradition and organisational structure with many different programmes of local community and international service and most of these are carried out at club level.
Rotary started in Worthing in 1922 with the formation of the Rotary Club of Worthing on March 1 of that year and by March 5 the new club had agreed and published plans to support Worthing Hospital financially. A great deal of work has been done in the community over the years and this still continues.
Today our club supports and assists many organisations in the town as well as overseas projects, these often in collaboration with other Rotary clubs in the areas concerned, ensuring aid and help gets directly to the place it's needed with local distribution.
The club welcomes men and women of all ages who want to help their community. To find out more please use the contact form on the 'How to Join' page. Come to one of our meetings without any obligation and see what Rotary is about!