4 Counties Community Canoe Challenge and the Carlton Rotary Club Agree Charity Partnership

The 4 Counties Community Canoe Challenge which has raised approximately £8000 running two annual 50 mile endurance races has agreed to partner with the Carlton Rotary Club who are renowned in the area for their support for local good causes.

The Canoe Challenge was set up in 2012 by a small group of local business people with close links to St John the Baptist Primary School.  The idea was to organise an Olympic Legacy event that would directly benefit local causes.  This group of volunteers sought help from local businesses and Sport England Funding and managed to purchase 20 Canadian canoes, 40 paddles and 40 life jackets.  In the 1st year, 11 boats attempted the 50 mile course and raised money towards the Joshua Dale Skate Park Fund in memory of an ex St Johns pupil. 

In 2013 the event grew to 15 boats and raised money to help purchase a van for HOPE, a food bank being set up in Colwick. 

In 2014 registrations are coming in thick and fast for the event and they hope to beat the 15 teams from last year.  The race takes place on 7th and 8th June starting at Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire , ending in Nottingham near the Trent Navigation Pub. 

There is also a black tie awards dinner on Friday, 4th July 2014.

2014 funds will be donated to the Rotary Club for distribution in local projects - these will include funding the foundation of an Alzheimer's Society "Memory Cafe" in Gedling/Netherfield, providing a Christmas lunch for 80 senior citizens in Colwick and Netherfield, assisting local needy families with a cash grant and taking the residents of Sheltered Accommodation in the area to have fun at the Burton Joyce pantomime and a new project of providing and placing public use defibrillators throughout the area. 

Ivan Harling, Terminal Manager for Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Ltd's Nottingham Terminal, who chairs the Canoe Challenge Committee, has expressed his optimism for the new partnership: "With the Rotary Club's vast experience of seeking out and vetting new projects our fundraising can reach many more people than we would otherwise have been able to reach with our small committee.  We will work with the Community Service Committee at the Rotary Club to ensure that the money we raise goes towards the best deserving projects in the Colwick and Netherfield areas and we would encourage any groups looking for financial aid to apply to the Rotary Club direct."

Mick Ellis, the President of Carlton Rotary Club said, "This great partnership with the 4 Counties Canoe Challenge opens up opportunities for both groups to develop exciting projects within our local community."

Carlton Rotary Club was founded in 1977 and is possibly best known for the Annual Duck Race and the Santa Float which, between them raise £20000 per annum for local projects.  The aims of the Club are to develop good relationships with young in the community by helping with literacy in three local primary schools and assisting with the personal development of older school students.  This was and will continue to be achieved by sending over 120 young people on Outward Bound courses in the Lake District.  Whilst Carlton Rotary concentrates on work in the local area it also contributes to international projects. It hosts and sends young people on exchange studentships, but its main work is on the eradication of polio, a project in part funded by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation.

Contact details about the Canoe Challenge and for race entry forms:  Chris Belton, St John the Baptist Primary School, Vale Road, Colwick, Nottingham NG4 2ED or see the website:


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