2017 Endeavour Awards

Recognising and celebrating the achievements of volunteers

The Rotary Club of Dundee honoured seven volunteers at their lunchtime meeting at the Invercarse Hotel today. The Rotary Endeavour Awards seek to recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution made by volunteers in the community. Each volunteer was nominated by their charity or organisation and presented with a trophy and cheque.

Main photograph left to right: Sandra Dowie of Mid-Lin Daycare, Sandra Marshall of Dundee Mental Health Cairn Fowk, Julie Horan of Gowrie Care, Elaine Pratt collecting a trophy on behalf of Gordon Samson of Coldside Community Regeneration Forum, and Mary Sneddon collecting a trophy on behalf of Molly Urquart of Brae Riding for the Disabled.

Also recognised but not pictured, were Lydia Brown of the Hot Chocolate Trust and Elizabeth Airlie of Radio Lollipop.

Lydia Brown, Hot Chocolate Trust
Lydia has transitioned from a service user to a volunteer with the Trust, dedicating her time to assist and encourage other young people to develop their skills, confidence and opportunities.

Elizabeth Airlie, Radio Lollipop
Elizabeth is a volunteer and treasurer for the charity based in the Children’s Ward at Ninewells Hospital. Although retired she visits the ward weekly to play with the children helping them on the way to a quicker recovery.

Molly Urquhart, Brae Riding for the Disabled
Molly has overcome challenges with Down Syndrome and intermittent hearing loss to become a volunteer at the Brae helping with all sorts of chores around the facility including filling hay nets, making tea for other volunteers and helping to move the ponies out to the fields. She regularly supports fundraising events and took part in the Dundee Rotary Swimarathon.

Gordon Samson, Coldside Community Regeneration Forum
Gordon is passionate about bettering the community of Coldside for everyone who lives there. As a member of the Forum Gordon deals with applications for funding and supports local activities such as the Coldside Fun Day. He also campaigns for pensioners’ rights.

Sandra Dowie, Mid-Lin Daycare
Sandra has volunteered with the charity since her retirement in 2010. She played a pivotal role during a period of uncertainty in 2013 working tirelessly to keep the centre open. She has devoted a great amount of time and energy to training, recruitment and fundraising to make Mid-Lin the flourishing charity it is today.

Sandra Marshall, Dundee Mental Health Cairn Fowk
As secretary of the charity, Sandra devotes a great deal of time and energy to raising awareness and fundraising to help carers get the support they desperately need. As well as caring for her own husband, Sandra facilitates a weekly drop-in session.

Julie Horan, Gowrie Care
Julie works with Gowrie Care to support people with learning and physical disabilities. Over the past two years she has set up a community hub to provide a range of activities. A small drama session has grown to become The Glebe Club Drama Group which has performed two stage productions at The Space with 400 participants.

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