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Volunteer at the Rotary Christmas Lunch in Battersea Park

Rotary Club of Battersea Park
Rotary Christmas Lunch

Why do we need VOLUNTEERS?

Because of the Party's popularity we now cater for over 400 elderly guests. With that sort of number we just could not manage by ourselves.

Although we do receive help from neighbouring Rotary Clubs in Wandsworth, we rely entirely on the commitment of volunteers. In fact without you being there to help on Christmas Day the Party could not go ahead or be the great success that it is.

So, what would you be asked to do?

Here is a list of some of the things. We don’t expect you to turn up everyday - just come along and help where and when you can. That would be great.

* On Christmas Eve we set up and make sure all is ready for the great day ahead.

* On Christmas Day we will be sending out 44 buses to pick up our guests, many of whom will be in wheelchairs. Each bus has an escort to help the elderly from their home safely into the bus. If this is a job you would like to do then you must be at the Marquee at 9am on Christmas morning. We take our guests home again in the evening at approximately 4.30pm and escorts are required then too.

Other jobs include:

* Making fresh sandwiches as a take away supper for our guests.

* Help is needed in the kitchen working with the chefs to prepare lunch.

* Bring good cheer with a happy Christmassy welcome when the guests arrive.

* Serve tea and coffee and, later on, sherry before lunch.

* Help serve lunch – no joke when 400+ full Christmas dinners need to arrive on the table at the same time hot and delicious.

* Serve a glass or two of wine with lunch.

* Help with the washing-up

* Have lunch yourself – the full works and its absolutely free (well, it is your Christmas Day too!).

* Help the elderly guests enjoy the afternoon’s entertainment which is great fun – dancing, sing-alongs and bingo. They love to have a chat with a friendly person, so sit down and listen.

* Clear tables at the end of the day and ensure the marquee and kitchens are left spotless.

* On Boxing Day you can help finish off tidying up followed by a pub lunch to celebrate a successful Christmas Day for the Elderly.

Often elderly people are neglected at Christmas time. We hope that you will join us to put this right.

We can guarantee that you too will have the best Christmas Day ever.

For more information and to register as a volunteer, visit:

11 Dec 2009

Notes to Editors

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Members carry out this work in their community and/or overseas by giving their time and their expertise.

A Rotary Club is open to men and women who are business, professional or community leaders who want to use their experience for the benefit of others. Paul Harris formed the world's first service club in Chicago on 23rd February 1905. The name Rotary is derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.


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