Sunrise Without You
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise!
We are a service club of almost 30 members who meet weekly at the Cathedral Lodge in the grounds of the amazing Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom. We try to come up with good ideas to serve our community, locally, nationally and internationally and at the same time we like to enjoy ourselves while we do it!
Our regular meeting is over breakfast each Wednesday at 7am - that means we can all go off to work or business by 8:15 am after a great start to the day. Visitors are extremely welcome - you don't have to be a Rotarian!
Rotary is a global organisation made up of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is the association of Rotary clubs within England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. RIBI has over 1,800 clubs consisting of more than 50,000 men and women from all walks of life.
Rotary clubs are based in local communities like Canterbury, where members meet on a regular basis to enjoy friendship, networking and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others. Clubs utilise the skills, expertise and dedication of their members to help improve the lives of people in communities both at home and abroad.
The Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise held a Sleep Out in the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral on 17th September. We persuaded forty community leaders and local business people to build their own shelters out of cardboard and sleep in them overnight to raise awareness and raise money for Porchlight and Catching Lives, charities which both support the homeless folk in the area. With rain sweeping through at regular intervals throughout Saturday afternoon and early evening it looked pretty grim with everyone wondering how they could build their shelters in the rain, let alone whether the shelters would survive the night, even with plastic taped over the top!
The event was a tremendous success and to date more than £20,000 has been raised.
With admiration and thanks for an important and highly enjoyable experience.
Lord Mayor of Canterbury"