The Rotary Club of Alloway
The club is still defying Covid19 and going strong. Our meetings continue by Zoom and on Monday July 13th a well-attended meeting of members, joined by our District Governor, enjoyed an informative, inspiring and entertaining talk by Chris Sandford. Chris is an internationally renowned chef and founder of the Culinary Disability Awards, an international non-profit organisation that, through cooking, raises awareness in society for people with disabilities. A Rotarian himself, Chris took a team of chefs with various disabilities to the ‘Culinary Olympics’ in Stuttgart, Germany, just before the lockdown and they came fourth out of over 70 countries. He showed as that there were ‘no barriers, just opportunities.’
In a letter of thanks to the club, our satellite group member Jodie MacFarlane reported that over 2600 shoeboxes and backpacks had been distributed to those in need last Christmas, by means of the Night Before Christmas Charity. Children in families suffering real poverty and hardship received a parcel of toys, sweets and toiletries from Santa, when they would otherwise have had nothing. The club, in collaboration with Ayr St Columba Church, staff from the Department of Work and Pensions in Ayr and other friends, produced about 150 boxes. We and our satellite group are hoping that Covid19 will permit us to help with the campaign again this year, at least in Ayrshire.
Meanwhile, as previously reported, the club is supporting ‘Looking out for each other – Annbank and Mossblown’ which, in collaboration with Annbank Church, is supporting those in need in Annbank, Mossblown, Tarbolton and outlying areas. Club members donations, augmented by a Rotary District grant, raised approximately £2000 for the fund. This is helping to provide around 30 food parcels a week. For some of the recipients, this has been the only human interaction they have enjoyed over the last few months. The charity also distributes activity packs to children, mindfulness packs to adults, and even potted sunflowers to encourage a competition in the area.
Put the 6th March 2021 in your diaries. Surely, we will be able to proceed with our annual coffee morning in Alloway Church halls for the ‘Purple for Polio’ campaign. Meanwhile, this Autumn, South Ayrshire Council will be helping us to plant more purple crocus bulbs at the existing Murdoch’s Loan site and Doonfoot School will plant bulbs outside their school gates for their own display in the Spring.
As usual, please give Peter Ball a ring or a text on 07870 237865 if you would like any further information about the club or our satellite group.
26th June 2017
At the last meeting for the 2016/17 year, our outgoing President Mr George Irving CBE handed over to the club's first female President in it's 43 year history. The club showed it's gratitude to President George Irving CBE with this wee clip.
16th June 2017
The Rotary Club of Alloway had a stand at the Holy Fair on the Low Green in Ayr today, to promote their Annual Duck Race on 24th June 2017. We are very pleased to announce that we won the "Best Dressed Stand" Here are the stall-volunteerr receiving their cheque from the Provost. Well Done to THE TEAM!
The Rorians were successful is selling around 100 ducklings for their race, as well as providing entertainment for many young attendees in their Hook a Duck activity. The following Slide Show of the day gives you a flavour of the whole event.
30th May 2017
We are please to Announce that 3 local businesses have agreed to stock our Ducklings for sale, they are:
On Yer Bike, 47 Alloway Street, Ayr
Wallace Allan, 4 Newmarket Street, Ayr
The Baby's Castle, 13-15 Alloway Street, Ayr.
30th May 2017
Details of the Annual Duck Race being held on Saturday 24th June 2017 in Ayr, have been released. Watch why we are holding this event and check out our event page.
Remember to buy your duck in the many outlets or contact the Rotary Club of Alloway using the form below.
24th April 2017
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