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Thank you for Life Campaign 2010

TreeofLife1_200x266During Christmas 2010 The Rotary Club of Belfast, in conjunction with Tesco, supported the ‘Thank you for Life’ Campaign, which we hoped would capture the essence of the Christmas spirit.

25’ Christmas Trees were erected outside the Tesco Extra Knocknagoney and Newtownbreda stores from December 8th to 22nd 2010 and whilst Christmas trees are usually purely decorative, these were trees with a purpose. 

They provided a simple, yet poignant, way of remembering, acknowledging and celebrating the lives of loved ones amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season as shoppers were invited to write a private personal message on ribbons which were then attached to the Tree. 

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Whilst there was no charge, we asked for a donation to the local and international charities chosen by The Rotary Club and Tesco, including: CLIC Sargent, Help our Heroes, SOSBus, Spina Bifida, Walkaway Community Association, Bothar, Cystic Fibrosis and St John’s Ambulance.

Although Christmas was tougher than before, and many people had worries, the Tree offered a moment of reflection and a time to keep in mind loved ones in this special and simple way. Thanks to the generosity of the Northern Ireland shoppers, who dug deep into their pockets despite freezing temperatures and atrocious travelling conditions, together with the very hard work of members, the wonderful sum of over £28,340 was collected.

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President Brian distributed the donated funds of £28,340.27 to the nominated charities at the Club meeting 21 February 2011.
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The Club have received a Certificate of Appreciation from Help for Heroes, signed by the founders Bryn and Emma Parry, awarded for outstanding fundraising support in recognition of the Club's contribution of £1,964. Click on image to enlarge.




Dedication of the ribbons

service13-1225 The ribbons and their messages were dedicated at the Centenary Thanksgiving service held in St anne's Cathedral 30 October 2011 by the Dean, The Very Reverend John Mann. Full report here.
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Launching the Appeal

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Picture shows Doris Houston, President Brian, Tesco Community Champion, PP Courtenay Thompson and Eric Rainey at the launch at Tesco, Newtownbreda.

Launching the appeal in December 2010 President Brian appealed to all to dig deep this year and support the ‘Thank you for Life’ campaign:"We are in tough economic times at the moment and local charities need our support more than ever. During this recession there are a lot of people in need and it is important that those who are more fortunate try and give what they can, especially over Christmas.

I know a lot of people are finding things tight but maybe when they are in the store buying food to put on the Christmas table and Christmas gifts they could maybe think of people in need and donate money towards a ribbon.

It is great to be given this opportunity by Tesco to raise money for so many amazing causes, since there will be record levels of shoppers using the store in the run-up to Christmas. "One of the charities this year is the Tesco Charity of the Year, CLIC Sargent, which helps children with cancer. Christmas is all about children, but imagine how difficult it is for some of them when they are maybe suffering a horrific illness and perhaps even having to spend Christmas in a hospital ward. So please, if you see one of our collectors at the Tesco stores it would be fantastic if you could donate a pound in this, the season of goodwill. We have so many good causes that could benefit from the generosity of shoppers and it would be fantastic if as many people as possible bought a ribbon for one of the charities we are raising money for.

Tesco Community Champion said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Rotary Club of Belfast in this year’s ‘Thank you for Life’ campaign. Just like Rotary, Tesco is very much at the heart of the local community. We strive to give as much as possible back to the local community and people in need through our annual charity collections, activities organised by the dedicated community champions in each store, and larger campaigns such as this. The festive season is our busiest time of year, when we will see thousands of shoppers come through our doors everyday. I would appeal to them to give generously to this fantastic cause and really make a difference this Christmas.”

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