Rotary Round-up: Get set for the #BillionSeedChallenge

Torbay Weekly

Rotary Round-up by Torbay Rotarian Kathy Uglow:

Rotary and a host of other organisations, including Marie Curie and The Scouts, are supporting the #BillionSeedChallenge to highlight the importance of the environment and green spaces.

The #BillionSeedChallenge aims to show some love to our outdoor spaces, which have been so vital for us during the last 18 months.

By planting wildflowers to brighten up our parks, verges and playgrounds with incredible splashes of colour, it’s an opportunity to show how communities are uniting for their environment.

The campaign was launched last weekend by Paralympian and Rotary ambassador Steve Brown with plantings taking place throughout October, and the challenge culminating on October 30, the day before COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Steve said: “I’m joining Rotary, individuals and community groups in the #BillionSeedChallenge!

"The UK has been challenged to plant a billion seeds with our communities before #COP26.

"Together, we’re showing that people from all walks of life want to celebrate our environment.”

The Rotary Club of Torbay Sunrise is keen to support this campaign and would like to hear from schools, businesses and local groups who could recommend an area in the Bay which would benefit from a new lease of life. Sunrise can be contacted by emailing or visit Alternatively, visit their Facebook page @TorbaySunrise.

Funds flood in for annual raft race

Expect thrills and spills at the famous Totnes Raft Race on Sunday, October 10.

Brave teams of participants are geared up and ready to tackle this daredevil challenge in their homemade rafts and spectators will be cheering them on while they negotiate tricky weirs and rapids in this fun, and potentially dangerous, race.

The raft race represents the major source of funding for the Rotary Club of Totnes who, in the past, have raised over £10,000 for local charities from this event.

The 13km course takes place down the River Dart from Buckfasleigh to Totnes and it’s guaranteed to be an exciting and nail-biting experience.

It is also a chance for local charities to fundraise for their own cause by sponsoring a team.

The finish fair at Vire Island will be another opportunity for charities to set up their stalls.

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Purple crocuses play a big part

Torbay Rotary clubs, and fellow clubs across the country, will be planting more than two million purple crocus corms during October as part of Rotary’s continued End Polio Now campaign.

These planting activities will take place on and around World Polio Day on October 24 highlighting Rotary’s vital work to eradicate polio.

So remember, next spring when you admire a sea of purple crocuses, these may be little blooms, but they have played a big role in a worldwide campaign.