A record number of charities have been chosen to receive funds from the 20th Saffery Rotary Walk this year.

The walk’s organising committee, made up of representatives from the Rotary Club and sponsor Saffery Champness, had the difficult task of selecting which applications would benefit from the overall funds raised.

After receiving 41 applications, the committee chose 28 local community projects to receive money raised by walkers who will participate in Guernsey’s only around-the-island walk.

The projects selected for 2017 funding are:

GROW Ltd – training for staff and service users on a variety of courses
Safer – funding for three day training course for practitioners to become Community Group coordinators and facilitators
Les Voies School – purchasing a Computer Aided Design (CAD) equipment and classroom furniture
Headway Guernsey – purchasing new laptops for the weekly IT training sessions to re-develop skills of members
Vale School PTA – for the purchase of new playground equipment for pupils
Philippi Guernsey – For a training course for volunteers to help meet an existing waiting list in referrals.
Active –  funding an afternoon tea for 150 at the Peninsula
Ormer FC – purchasing the entry fee to an eight a side league
Wigwam support group – to fund IT systems for one year
Guernsey Disability Alliance – supporting a campaign to raise awareness of issues facing people with disabilities
Jumbulance Holidays – funding towards a trip in May 2017
Multiple Myeloma Support Group – For training sessions and workshops run by a specialist
Autism Guernsey – funding a two day training programme for 25 parents to learn communication and other skills
St John Ambulance – for the purchase of safety equipment and training for volunteers
Guernsey Child Contact Centre – purchasing a large TV and games console
Guernsey Hard of Hearing Association – providing hearing aids for those who fall outside the States support.
Lihou Charitable Trust – towards a replacement tractor
Guernsey Chest and Heart – purchasing replacements for two Tanita body scales
CI Air Search – procurement and installation of a TETRA phone to improve communications on rescues
Access for All – bring experts from the UK to train people in access audition and the Equality Act and to use the expertise to build a local network and expand the Access Ambassadors
Guernsey Sailing Trust – purchase one 20hp safety boat outboard engine
Home Start Guernsey – Funding training for five new volunteers
Notre Dame PTA – to support improvement programme through a grassed area in the school grounds
Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support and Witness Service – for the delivery of specially tailored sexual abuse awareness training and education events for staff, volunteers and some outside agencies
Guernsey Art Network – to fund 10 art workshops for five adults and five children.
Constables of St Peter Port Xmas Lights – a contribution towards the replacement of the commercial arcade area lights
Forest School PTA – purchasing replacement junior playground equipment
Edible Guernsey ‘Growing Skills’ at the Edible Guernsey Farm – equipment for the newly donated land, for disabled access in particular

Simon Milsted, chair of the walk’s organising committee, said: “Every year the impact that the Saffery Rotary Walk has on the local community increases as we support more and more organisations that provide important services for islanders.

“Our focus now is to inspire the walkers to raise as much money as possible for the 28 selected charities, whether completing the full 39 miles or a section of it as a relay team. We are committed to making the 20th walk our best year yet.”

The Saffery Rotary Walk is one of Guernsey’s largest annual charity fundraising events and the only round-island walk which this year takes place on Saturday 3 June.

This is the fourth year that sponsor Saffery Champness has supported the walk and the firm is committed to assisting the Saffery Rotary Walk committee. Saffery Champness is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the island this year and is pleased that this coincides with the 20th anniversary of the walk.

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