Rotary is built on the foundation of core values of integrity, good fellowship, and service to the community. There are five Rotary Clubs in Regina that average about 40 members per club. These clubs work together to stage the annual event of the Rotary Carol Festival. It requires over 30 members each evening to successfully present this delightful entertainment to the audience in Knox Metropolitan United Church and to the viewing audience on Channel 7.
What is the Rotary Carol Festival?
It was started by Rotarian Rev. Len Outerbridge who wanted to bring Christmas joy and hope to the city during the uncertain war years. The objectives were to: bring joyful diversion to a city anxious about the war; introduce the Christmas season, and to provide food to the less fortunate at Christmas time and to give local school and adult choirs an opportunity to showcase their talents. In the beginning, the carol festival featured one night of performances. Approximately $450 was raised at the first festival, which was used to help families in need.
The focus of the festival remains the same, but due to its popularity, has grown to four nights showcasing dozens of choral groups, is broadcast over Access Communications on its community channel and raises over $20,000 annually through the generosity of the choral groups, the Rotary volunteers, the Knox Metropolitan hosts, the congregations and the telethon donors. In 2015, the festival will take place over four nights. We expect to have between 60 and 64 musical groups, during the period of Nov 28th to Dec 1st, 2016.
The Festival continues to be one of those traditions that gives to everyone; the choirs, the volunteers, the charities, and the citizens of Regina and area. The purpose of the festival remains to showcase local choral talent, to signal and to celebrate the arrival of the Advent Season, to provide some uplifting free entertainment to our community, and to exemplify Rotarians “Service to others”.
Who benefits from the Carol Festival?
Since 1941, the festival has been used to collect donations for key local Charities, which this year are the Access Communication Children’s Fund, the Salvation Army and the Regina Rotary Club Community Fund. Rotary’s share of the proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas Food Hampers.
Thank-you to the Sponsors
For those that wish to donate much needed funds for those in need, they can do so my attending the festival at Knox Metropolitan Church, phoning a pledge by calling the Rotary Charity line during the evenings performances, or online by clicking here.
The programs will be live on Access Channel 7 and streamed online at www.myaccess.ca/access7.
Have any questions about the Rotary Carol Festival? Are you a member of a choir interested in participating in the Carol Festival next year? Feel free to send us a message using the text box below.