It’s back for another season. The ever popular Darts Marathon is being promoted once again by the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield giving everyone an opportunity to raise money for charity.
Now in its eighteenth year the event has raised about £140,000 for local, national and international charities and the objective is to raise another £15,000 this year.
Anyone can take part. A team of six, either men, women or mixed, throws darts for an hour to see how many points can be scored.
The team members will have obtained sponsorship at so much per thousand points or a single donation and at the end of the session the total amount of sponsorship and donations will be calculated.
The team will then be responsible for collecting the cash. Many pubs welcome teams and some landlords help out with some refreshments in return for the increased beer sales.
A good score is over 10,000 points and 15-20,000 is exceptional. And points mean prizes. There are four of £100 each for the highest score for men, ladies and mixed team and the team raising the most sponsorship.
Members of the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield will supervise each event.
They will enforce the rules and make sure there is no dangerous play. They will also calculate the total amount of sponsorship money to be collected by the team.
The team is expected to find its own venue and arrange the evening but the Rotarians will be happy to give suggestions of pubs and clubs welcoming the event.
The principal beneficiaries will continue to be St Peter and St James Hospice and Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.
Last year these two charities received £5,500 each although not all of this came from the Darts Marathon. The club has recently established a contact with a school in Haiti where it now sponsors a teacher through a local charity called Hope House Haiti.
Rotary International has played a major part in eliminating Polio in the world and has now attracted matching funding from the Bill Gates Foundation. Rapid response to international disasters is provided by Shelter Box which supplies a pack including a tent and essential supplies to help people survive.
These three charities received about £4,500 between them. We continue to support local scouts and guides and historically the air ambulance. There are many small charities and individuals that seek our help for amounts between £100 and £500. Last year these amounted to about £5,250.
Clearly we must raise money to be able to continue to support the charities we have helped in the past and others that may arise in future.
Last year the Darts Marathon accounted for nearly half of our total fundraising. If you would like to help us please raise a team or let us know which team you would like to sponsor. More details can be obtained by contacting us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also please visit rotarysussex.org
Report and picture contributed by Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield.