Chichester Rotary clubs team up for wishes

Chichester’s three Rotary clubs have joined forces to ‘make things happen’ as part of national Rotary Week.

Members have been asking people across the area what they would like Rotary to do for the community in Chichester over the next year and have sent 3,000 tags to schools and organisations across the city and asked people to write down their wishes.

This Saturday members of the Chichester, Chichester Priory and Chichester Harbour Rotary clubs will gather on the Cathedral Green in West Street to hang all the wishes they receive onto a special Rotary wishing tree.

The clubs will then decide which ones they will be able to fulfill.

The wishing tree will be up from 10am until 3pm, there will be a marquee, and soup will be served free all day.

John Watkins, of the Chichester Priory Club, said the event was all part of the Rotary ethos.

“Rotarians work hard to live up to their motto Service Above Self.

“If people can’t bring their wish along on the day, they can post it to 113 Worcester Road, Chichester, PO19 5EE by Friday, February 24 and we will hang them on the tree.

“Rotary will aim to make as many feasible wishes as possible happen in the coming year.”

Also part of Rotary Week will be a special dinner which will include guest paralympian Sophia Warner.

During the evening she will give a talk to members about her preparations for this year’s event.

A mother of two small children, Sophia has cerebral palsy and is ranked first in Europe and second in the world for the 100 200 metres sprint.