Motherwell Christmas Market


Santa's Sleigh

Nearer Christmas we try to help Santa by taking him round Motherwell & Wishaw, stopping at various points so mums and dads can let their kids meet him, and collecting for local charities.

We are making sure Rudolph is well fed and ready for this year, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page to see when and where he will be taking Santa.


Who are Rotary?

Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. We have a unique position of being rooted within our own communities, but with a global outlook.

The Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw was chartered in 1930, so we have over 90 years of Rotary service in the Motherwell & Wishaw community.. We focus on fun, fellowship and fundraising to assist the objects of Rotary locally, nationally and internationally, plus direct involvement in projects close to our hearts.

Project include:-


Wrap Up Lanarkshire

Motherwell & Wishaw are at the heart of Wrap Up Lanarkshire, where at the onset of winter, Rotary Clubs across Lanarkshire are collecting donations of good quality coats and heavy jackets, which they will pass on to homeless shelters, refugee centres, organisations supporting the elderly, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities helping people in crisis. In its first year, Wrap Up Lanarkshire collected 6,500 coats, which went directly to those in need.


Wishwell Project

This was a 10-year effort with the entire Club being fully involved in fund-raising and project co-ordination together with Strathclyde University.

We raised £57,617, including Rotary International matching grants, and created 4 completed new borehole wells, installed 3 new water tanks, complete with pumps and solar panels, and restored 84 existing wells, bringing good, clean drinking water to approximately 50,000 Malawians and greatly exceeding our hopes for success.


Furniture for Families

The aim of this project is to facilitate free furniture and household items to local families in need through our referral and supply partners.


End Polio Now

Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority around the globe has been to rid the world of polio, and Motherwell & Wishaw Rotary have been proud and active supporters of it.

Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%.

Over the last 35 years, Rotary members, working with communities around the world, have contributed more than US$2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the fight to end polio.

Inspired in part by Rotary’s volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988. This remarkable partnership which includes Rotary, World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention and, more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI the Vaccine Alliance. These organisations work alongside governments of the world to end polio.

Because of the efforts of Rotary and our partners, nearly 19 million people who would otherwise have been paralysed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died.

Despite there only being a handful of cases left in the world, continued campaigning, health worker training and vaccination programmes are essential to stop the disease returning and ensuring the world is certified polio-free. Over 400 million children still have to receive their polio vaccinations by the GPEI partners multiple times every single year in more than 50 countries.






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