Rotarians mark 100 years with giveaway

ONE hundred years of helping others are being marked with a cash giveaway.

Community groups that help support youth projects in Portsmouth are being encouraged to apply for a share of £20,000 that has been made available by the Portsmouth & Southsea Rotary Club.

The club is marking its centenary with the giveaway, and organisations can apply for grants of up to £4,000.

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The project is the brainchild of the club’s community and youth service committee Rotarian Bernard Parsons.

He said: ‘It is our centenary and we thought a logical thing to do would be to distribute some assets.

‘We wanted to make £20,000 available to any suitable youth groups. Hopefully we will get a few requests and we can pick a suitable winner.’

He encouraged groups in Portsmouth to get in touch.

Mr Parsons, who has been a Rotarian for 30 years, added: ‘It could be for a successful club, or a group that supports disadvantaged children.

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‘It could be used to fund anything for any organisation which makes available activities that support youth in the city.’

Applications need to be submitted by May 1. To enter call Mr Parsons on (023) 9225 5472 or email [email protected].