The Rotary Club’s flagship fundraising project Rotary Tree of Remembrance will run again this year, from December 10 to 24, for the seventh year in succession.
The outstanding success of this event in previous years has made it a permanent feature in the Rotary Club’s calendar.
Since the Rotary Tree of Remembrance started in 2009 it has raised more than £100,000 for local charities.
The purpose of the tree is to give members of the public an opportunity to write a message of remembrance on a silky yellow ribbon, in recognition and memory of departed loved ones, those living abroad, who cannot be with them over the Christmas period, family or friends in hospital or ill at home, or for any other reason, to remember someone at this time of the year.
All ribbons are then attached onto looped strings of tape, and gradually hoisted to the top of the Tree of Remembrance, as the tapes fill up. In return, people are requested to make a small donation towards the Rotary Club’s charitable fund.
All monies collected will be distributed to local charities.
The 2015 proceeds will be allocated to the Rotary Foyle Foodbank, the Mayor’s Refugee Charity and the Foyle Hospice.
The Tree of Remembrance will again be located at the Orchard Street entrance of Foyleside Shopping Centre. It is hoped that this fundraising event, which was the first one of its kind in the North of Ireland, will be even more successful than last year.
The official project launch which is scheduled to take place next Thursday, December 10 December, at 10.30am, will be attended and supported by the Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Elisha McCallion and representatives of the main four churches.
Local Rotary Club President Peter O’Connor said: “Last year’s project was an extraordinary success, and we were overwhelmed by the generous Derry-Londonderry public, without forgetting also the many visitors to the city at this time of the year, who made generous donations too. We were delighted to be able to give well over 6,500 people the opportunity to put their message on the Tree, and quite often share with the Rotarians on the stand their individual heartfelt and moving stories.
Further information on the many activities of the local Rotary Club can be found on www.londonderryrotary.org