Father Christmas is touring the streets of Wellington this week accompanied by a band of merry, elvish Rotary Club helpers. Despite wind and rain and a complete lack of scenic snow Father Christmas and his horsepowered transport (reindeers are resting) have been out and about on successive evenings from Monday 7 December visiting all parts of the town. The tour will end in the town centre on Saturday 19 December.
The aim of the tour is to raise money for WHERE (Wellington Health Education Resource Enterprise), the Meningitis Research Foundation and Shelter Box, the charities supported by The Rotary Club this year. Last year’s Rotary Christmas Collection raised £2,800, which contributed significantly to the total of £12,000 the club collected from various fundraisers, all of which was used to support charities.
With a few more days of the collection still to go, Rotary Club member Richard Coupe said, “Last night in the rain we raised £340.00. The total so far is approximately £1,600 with a target of £2,500.”