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The club has successfully completed the annual festive Toy Collection.

Organised by President Elect Pat Hersant, Father Christmas and his little (and not so little) helpers visited local schools to collect the toys and entertain the children.

With community support around 1,000 toys were delivered to KCC Social Services for 'less fortunate' children in the area over the Christmas period.

Pat said: ”This was yet another example of the Rotary Club of Ramsgate striving to 'make a difference' in the community.”

Schools which took part were Newington Community Primary; Priory Infant; St. Laurence in Thanet C of E Junior; Ellington Infants; Chilton Primary and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary.

Caption: Toys await collection at Newington Community Primary School

There was a good attendance for the President’s Night at the North Foreland Golf Club.

A number of other clubs were well represented and Mike Bastow, President of Margate proposed a toast to the Ramsgate Club.

Replying Ramsgate President Graham Larcombe said he was delighted to welcome such a good attendance and thanked all those who had helped with making the arrangements and MC Roger Waddell.

Music during the meal,and for dancing, was provided by Jon Nickoll, resident pianist at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London.

The President also presented his wife, Cherry, with a Friend of Rotary badge, awarded mainly for her work on the club website

Ramsgate Rotary Club members celebrate the end of preparations to the Father Christmas sleigh which is a focal point for their popular charity collections in the coming weeks.

They start in the London Road area on Sunday December 3rd :

3rd December London Road

5th December Hereson and St Luke’s area

10th December Nethercourt

12th December Dumpton

14th December Whitehall

17th December Minster

18th December Cliffsend

There will also be static collections at Tesco Manston, Sainsbury’s and Ramsgate Town Centre.

Club President Graham Larcombe said: “This is our main collection time in support of the various charities we help during the year and I am sure local residents will be as generous as ever. We also look forward to many children (and young people) turning out to greet Santa.

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