What we do

This is a list of some of the projects we are involved in:



Local Projects

In the past few years we have supported many local projects, including:

Seaford Community Garden
Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors
Seaford Down's Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group
Seaford Lifeguards
Waves - supporting families in Seaford
Seaford Museum
Seaford Scouts
Seaford Guides
Seaford Head School
Primary Schools in Seaford
Special Needs Schools in Seaford,
SeeAbility



Christmas Sleigh

Every weekday evening in December (up to the 23rd), we visit the streets of Seaford with Father Christmas and his sleigh, giving sweets to children and collecting money for our charities. We also have the sleigh in Broad Street each Saturday morning in December, and on Christmas Eve. This annual event, very popular within the town, has been running for over 50 years.



Car Boot Craft and Produce Sales

In May 2011 we ran our first Car Boot Craft and Produce Sale at the Martello Fields in Seaford. This proved to be a successful venture, and we now run this event once a month during the summer.



Young Musician of the Year

In March 2012 we launched a new Youth competition, Seaford Rotary Young Musician of the Year. In its first year it attracted 10 young musicians, and the competition has gone from strength to strength, and has become a permanent fixture on our calendar. The competition is for instrumentalists, vocalists and, more recently, small ensembles. There are cash prizes for winners in the various categories, and the overall winner takes part in our annual Rotary District competition.

The aim of this competition is to give local youngsters the opportunity to perform in public and to develop their musical talent.



Reading at Primary Schools

Since 2013 the Club has been attending Annecy Primary School each Wednesday morning to listen to children reading. We started with six Rotarians and wives, and we are now up to ten, which indicates the success of this project.
In January 2016 we also started helping the children at Seaford Primary School with their reading.



Searchlight (now Fitzroy) & Seahaven Para Games

Searchlight (now Fitzroy) is a Charity offerring a residential, day care and respite centre for adults with physical and mental learning disabilities. It is based in Newhaven, and we have given it support over the years, the most recent being to help them with the Seahaven Para Games that was started in 2011. The Seahaven Para games runs in August each year, and is a great success for all the participants. We are the main sponsors of this event.



Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors

This group was formed in 2011, and is very popular with the local youngsters. SMTJ provides an opportunity for kids to get involved in the performing arts, and produce some remarkable talent.

We initially helped them in buying costumes and equipment, and we continue to support them in a number of ways.



Seaford Community Garden (formerly the Exchange Project)

This project is based at Crouch Gardens in Seaford. Anyone in the community can join to learn basic gardening skills. They have about 150 members from various backgrounds including wheelchair users, SeeAbility members and children that have been excluded from school.

We have helped them in a number of ways, including the development of their pond and providing them with paving slabs to give better access to the garden.

Exchange Project website



Youth Competitions

Each year we look to set up youth competitions to encourage local youngsters to 'get involved' and develop their skills. Recent competitions have included, as well as Young Musician: Young Chef, Young Writer, Young Photographer, Young Artist and in 2015 and 2016 teams from Seaford Head School took part in a Rotary District Technology Tournament.



Children with Cancer Fund

This local charity provides support for children who suffer from cancer and their families.
We give them ongoing support, including cleaning their caravan each Spring.

In 2015, Children with Cancer Fund was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the excellent work that they do.


Children with Cancer Fund website



St Wilfrid's Hospice

St Wilfrid's in Eastbourne is our local Hospice, and we provide them with ongoing support.



Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House is the only children's Hospice in Sussex, and we have been giving them support in the last few years. They do remarkable work for the children who stay there and their families, and they are looking to cater for more and reach out to a larger area.

Chestnut Tree House website



Friends of Chernobyl's Children

Friends of Chernobyl's Children is a registered charity which devotes its energies to raising funds to bring children from Belarussia to the United Kingdom for a month every year. The charity targets children from orphanages or disadvantaged homes, aged between six and thirteen. These children are in great need and come from social situations that make it difficult for them to get the care they require at home.

This was our President's project for 2009-2010

Friends of Chernobyl's Children website



Seaford Head School

In the recent past we have continued to support Seaford Head Community College with funding for their Performing Arts bid. This was for replacement and additional modern sound and lighting technical equipment. In addition we have made available money to provide prizes for students who have achieved in the fields of Maths, English, French and Community Service.



Reading and Maths at Seaford Head School

Since 2008 the Club has been assisting with reading practise for the new intake at Seaford Head School. The adult helpers are Rotarians, wives of Rotarians and friends and the group has been meeting with their tutees on a weekly basis ever since. The scheme has been considered a success by both the School and the adult helpers. At the end of the academic year the Club presents the regular pupil attendees with an Illustrated Dictionary. From 2010 we have also been helping with remedial Maths for year 7 students, which is also proving very successful. There are now more than 25 Rotarians and friends taking part in these schemes.



Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

The Club supports candidates for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award course which is held annually in the Easter holidays. The participants not only enjoy the course but gain substantially from it in confidence and leadership skills.



Safety in Action

The Safety in Action scheme in our area is run jointly by Sussex Police and Lewes District Council. It involves children from Primary Schools in the LDC area coming attending the course for a morning or afternoon during a week in the Summer Term. This year’s course was held at Newhaven Fort. The children learn about the various dangers that they may encounter in everyday life from the threat of electrocution from entering electricity substations and flying kites near power lines to safely crossing roads and railways and being wary of strangers becoming too friendly. The Club supports this very worthwhile project with helpers at each session who do anything from filling ‘goody bags’ to timekeeping for the events and financially by sponsoring one of the prizes gained by the winning schools.



Marshalling at Town Events

We like to help the Town when there are events requiring Road Closures by providing Marshals to ensure that the events are safe and to provide useful information to the public. Among such events are the French and Italian Markets, and the annual Bonfire Parade.



Car Parking

Seaford Triathlon and Half Marathon are prestigious sporting events for the town which take place in September and March. This attracts hundreds of people to the Martello end of the seafront. Seaford Rotary Club in conjunction with Seaford Town Council undertakes to organise and manage the car parking facilities for participants and spectators for the weekend. Money raised from the car parking goes to support local charities. We also carry out Car Parking duties for other functions.



International Projects




Thanks For Life - End Polio Now

Rotary International has spearheaded the drive to eradicate Polio from the World for the last twenty years. This awful disease now only exists in a few areas of the World, and it is reducing year on year. As a Club we donate towards this project, and one of our members has been to India twice to help with the immunisation process.

More information on Thanks for Life



Mary's Meals and Backpack Project

Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. The food fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future.
Many children receiving Mary’s Meals don’t have basic learning tools such as pencils and notepads. The Backpack Project addresses this by providing the children with a backpack containing all the things they are likely to need during the school day. We work with local Primary Schools to put together the Backpacks, which involves local children in this most worthwhile project.

https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/



Bansang Hospital

For some years we have provided assistance to this Hospital in The Gambia via the Bansang Hospital Appeal. We have helped to turn it from “a hospital without hope” to a really respectable hospital in a remote region of the Gambia.


Bansang Hospital website



Tea Leaf Trust

Tea Leaf Trust was created to give the children of tea picking families in Sri Lanka a way out; to create opportunities to work away from the tea fields so that both them and their families can look forward to a brighter future. We have been providing ongoing support for this charity to provide these children with a decent education.


Tea Leaf Trust website



Book Bus

The Book Bus aims to improve child literacy rates in Africa, Asia and South America by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them.
The Book Bus is currently working to improve literacy rates at a community level in India, Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador. Their library work, book donations and assisted reading programme are helping strengthen the reading culture in schools resulting in a more confident reading population that is better equipped for the future.


Book Bus website



Shelter Box

Because Rotary is a world-wide organisation, we are in an ideal position to get help to disaster areas when the need arises. One way in which we help is by supplying Shelter boxes, which provide basic equipment for people who have lost their homes. This includes a large tent, cooking equipment, basic provisions.



Having Fun!

We believe that we can achieve the best results by having good fellowship within our Club, which we mainly achieve by having fun! We get together to go to shows, and we organise trips out to places of interest (recently we've been to Blind Veterans UK and Hever Castle). Each year we get away for a few days with our partners to relax and enjoy one another's company (last time we went to the Isle of Wight and our next weekend will be at Bury St Edmunds). And we have a celebration evening when the Presidency is handed over at the end of June. But most of all we enjoy all that we do to support our local community.



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