100 Years of Rotary in Wales – 2017

To mark its centenary in 2017, the Rotary Club of Cardiff is undertaking a local community service project, to raise £25,000 for the proposed new Maggie’s Centre, planned for Velindre cancer Hospital in Cardiff.

Maggie’s centres provide much needed professional counselling, advice, help and support services for cancer patients and their immediate family members affected by the patient’s illness. They are being provided at many cancer hospitals throughout the country. There is already a very successful Maggie’s centre at Swansea and one is now planned for Velindre here in Cardiff.

The club sees a good opportunity to raise some funds for our project in the forthcoming 2016 IAAF Cardiff International Half Marathon, which will take place on Easter Saturday, 26th March. We are therefore forming a Rotary Club of Cardiff team of sponsored runners to run in the Half Marathon to raise funds for our Maggie’s project. At the moment we have over 90 runners and we would like it to make, or exceed, 100.

The Half Marathon is 13.1 miles long following a route through the suburbs of the city to the Cardiff Bay area in the south and north to the Roath area, returning to the Cathays Park. It is expected to attract international competitors, many running for their various charities and many for the sheer joy of running with like-minded men and women.

The Rotary club will register all members of our team to secure a place in the event and pay their registration fees. In return, we are asking all runners to aim to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorships for our cause. Each will have a T shirt to run in supporting Maggie’s.

On completion, the organisers give all participants, who finish, a commemorative medal, a T shirt, and a goodie bag. We have hired a room in City Hall for all team members to meet together before the marathon and afterwards as they finish, to share a few moments together with Rotarians and others involved.

Anyone interested can contact me directly or, if a group were interested, through their leader. Registrations are on-going, so, we would be pleased to hear of those interested asap.

Please let me know if us want any further information at this time.

Email: cardiffrotary@yahoo.co.uk


Rotary will celebrate 100 years of service in Wales in 2017. The Rotary Club of Cardiff was courageously founded in the midst of the First World War in 1917 and strove to serve the community during those troubled times. It was maintained its Service Above Self ever since and now is leading the way for the other Clubs in Wales to mark the 100th birthday! For the last year or so the Club has had a Centenary Committee planning various activities including a two big events in 2017. The first of these will be in May 2017 at the Cardiff Castle and include a Beating the Retreat. This will be a more public event to let the world know the achievements of Rotary. The second big event will be a gala dinner on November 1st 2017 at the Park Thistle Hotel, where Rotary in Cardiff and in Wales started. Rotary is about service as well as fellowship so that will be a big feature of the 12 months of celebration. As well as a progamme of community events, there will be a focus on two important charities. One will be an International one – Rare and Neglected Tropical Diseases and the other a local community one – Maggie’s. The fund raising and planning for both of these has already started. The former will include match funding from numerous sources including Rotary International and the latter we hope to attract the support of other Rotary Clubs in South East Wales. The Centennial Committee met last Tuesday and had a great presentation on the Maggies’s Centres from Gwen Axford. We hope to raise £25,000 for them for the fire hearth and cwtch at the proposed Cardiff Centre which we all hope will open in our centenary year – 2017.

Where we meet

Monday, 1:00pm at Manor Parc Hotel

Address: Thornhill Road, Cardiff, CF14 9UA

Telephone: 029 2069 3723