Two things greatly important to us came together in this event – helping others and toilets. Supporting each other is core to what Phab means, and toilets loom large in the memories of anyone who has been out and about with Phab, particularly in the days when accessible toilets were scarce and often dumping grounds for unused furniture ! (Frustrating when someone is desperate to use them for their inteneded use)
There is an organisation which works to build toilets in the world’s poorest countries We tend to take access to good sanitation for granted – most of us even have a toilet in our own homes! For many people this is not the case, and Toilet Twinning was set up to help them. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at https://www.toilettwinning.org/
We went on a wet walk at Farmoor reservoir to raise money to ‘twin’ the two accessible toilets. It was very wet !
However we persevered, and despite the rain, made it to the far side of Farmoor reservoir.
Wesley Memorial Church members held a Garden Party, with donations going to Oxford Phab.
This was a delightful opportunity for church and Phab members to mingle and enjoy each others company, as well as cakes and scones made by church members.
We picked a hot evening for our Sponsored Zumbathon, but George’s enthusiasm, and plentiful supplies of water and squash kept us going.
That, and the need to raise funds to keep doing fun things. Some members have individual donation pages for the event. If you know someone who has one please use it, or the paper form if they are using those. Otherwise donations are welcome via the Club Fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/oxfordphabclub.
To find out more about our Fundraising, and how you can Donate, please see our Donate page.
Members of Wesley Memorial Church once again kindly baked scones and cakes, and hosted a party in the garden of one of the church families so that church and Phab members could eat and socialise. Unfortunately the weather was not as kind as last year, but the welcome was just as warm, and the cakes just as delicious.
Sheltering from the light rain in a gazebo.
We enjoyed doing the Fun Run in 2012 and 2013, and went back again to do it this year. The Oxford Fun Run is organised each year by the Rotary Club of Oxford. They have run this event every year since 1989, and their activities have raised a lot of money for good causes over the years.
There was a slightly different route for wheelchair users, which avoided having to travel over grass, which can be difficult if the weather has been wet.
We gathered at the start.
We did not race round, but enjoyed the event, content to be overtaken by speedier runners, and walkers.
Reunited at the end.
Several of our members have fundraising pages at mydonate, which it sponsored by BT, so does not take any commission of your donation, and deals with Gift Aid etc. Donations via my link, above, or any of the following will all help.
We were the Hinksey Heights Golf Club Captains Charity in 2016, and were invited to their Captain’s Drive In. We were very happy to come back, and sell more tickets for their raffle, as well as sticks which their members could place on the course to show where they thought first drive of this year’s captains would reach.
We were very pleased to accept a cheque for the amount their members had raised on our behalf during the year, at events like the Captain’s Day.
Tom won an Easter Egg in the raffle
Tom won an Easter Egg in the raffle
After some rather mixed weather over the past month the sun shone on the Wesley Memorial Church annual garden party, with proceeds donated to Oxford Phab.
Members of the church, and of Oxford Phab swum and played games, and ate delicious cakes and scones, and drank many cups of tea and coffee. A beautiful summer day, and we are very grateful to our hosts, and to those who baked cakes, and helped with serving.
Once again we are at Cowley Road Carnival, as last years day was successful despite the blustery weather. We arrived early to start setting up, in a slight drizzle. Here we are ready for the public. We have a monkey whose name is known only to a select few, and the public are invited to try to guess his (or her) name to win it for a very reasonable entry fee of 20p. Once again we are next to our friends from Oxford Spires Rotary. The Mayor of Oxford came past, and later stopped by for a chat.
Many people dropped by to purchase home made sweets, guess the name of the monkey, or chat and find out more about what we do.Luckily the drizzle has stopped and we had better weather for most of the afternoon, until the Carnival closed at 5pm. Shortly after we started to pack up the rain came on again, but we managed to get most things into shelter until we were able to fetch the minibus and load it to go home.
Oxford Phab is the captain’s charity this year and we are are here at the Captain’s Charity Day. For the Captain’s Charity Day all the players arrive in time for a simultaneous start, and the different team each start at a different tee. Many people generously contributed to the raffle, and we sold raffle tickets to the players before they left.
They players are out on the course …
in the rain, but we are in the marquee …
and bacon butties. It was still a better day to be inside with Phab than outside playing golf!
DJ Lee arrived and set up his disco. The players returned from their round of golf, the scores were calculated and the winners were announced. The weather cleared up a little and we enjoyed a chance to try putting, a bit of Foot Golf, the disco and barbecue.