A newly formed Rotaract Club has already notched up its first ‘purple patch.’

For the 16 founding members of the Rotaract Club at Keele University have begun their Rotary journey by raising over £159 from the sale of purple crocus lapel pins as part of Rotary’s Purple4polio campaign.

The wearing of purple will also mark the Rotaract Club’s forthcoming charter and recruitment of more members, both from this country and overseas, who are attending courses at the university.

Rotary Assistant Governor Joe Cartwright of the Newcastle-Under-Lyme Rotary Club which has been instrumental in the setting up of the Keele University Rotaract Club said he was ‘delighted’ at the progress being made in such a short space of time.

“It is thrilling to have a Rotaract Club formed on our doorstep and including such willing and talented young people who will do so much for the Rotary movement and its objectives in the coming years.

“I can’t believe how fortunate we are in having a Rotaract Club with such talent on our doorstep and we shall do everything we can to support their endeavours in the future.”

The club has enjoyed its first social night out and has been preparing for a ‘Roughnight’ sleep out to raise £500 for the Lord Mayor of Stoke’s charities.

On three days in December, 12, 13 and 14, members of the club will be collecting in Morrisons Milehouse for Action for Children.

Plans are already in place for a fundraising Rotaract ‘Fun Day’ on the campus and amongst other possibilities is a sponsored run/walk around the campus.

Said Rotarian Joe Cartwright:

“They have made a most positive start as a Rotaract Club and I would actively encourage other Rotary Clubs throughout Staffordshire and Shropshire to consider similar opportunities within their catchment areas.

“The Keele University Rotaract Club meets fortnightly at 5.00 pm and it only costs each member £1.60 that is paid to the Students Union which has been very supportive.

“As a result of an agreement with the Students Union to have a stall at freshers’ week, 16 students signed up as members of the Rataract Club.”

He said the Rotaract Club initiative had come independently from two students, who at the time didn’t know each other, both within a fortnight.

Maxine Missick knew of Rotary through her home in the Caribbean and Elliot Lancaster, now the new club’s first president, through his father who is a Rotarian in Leicester.

“They both had their reasons for wanting to become involved in Rotary and as a result forming a Rotaract Club which they are both extremely proud of thanks to the support of the Keele University Students Union and Newcastle-Under-Lyme Rotary Club’s sponsorship,” Joe added.