Gryffe Valley Rotary passes milestone £250K

Following the success of the Gryffe Valley 10K Run in may 2019 the club has now raised (and spent) more than £250,000 over the twenty-four years since its formation in 1995.

Following the success of the Gryffe Valley 10K Run in May 2019 the club has now raised (and spent) more than £250,000 over the twenty-four years since its formation in 1995. This is a huge achievement by the thirty-five members, who include 9 founder members.


Up to June 30th 2018, the total raised was £239,303 and this year’s budget forecast we would reach £250,000 by the Rotary year-end. This year funds have been raised through members efforts at the BBQ (August), the Curry Night (October), the Santa’s Sleigh (December), the Burns Supper (January), the Car Wash at Beaton Bros (April), stalls at the Kilmacolm show and the Houston show and, last month, the 10K Run supported by Arnold Clark. The total at 14th June is £256,161.


A full listing of the beneficiaries of the monies raised up to June 2018 is published on the club website  at Brochure180630-1.pdf ,Brochure180630-2.pdf  . Averaged over the years, 60% of funds raised have been devoted to Community and Youth and 40% to International (including Rotary Foundation, Emergency Relief and International Projects).

The top-ten beneficiaries in twenty-four years have been:

  • Wheelyboat for wheelchair users at Castle Semple Loch £30,000

  • Rotary Foundation – Rotary’s own charity £17,716

  • Renfrewshire Young Carers – eleven annual outings £17,289

  • CHAS children’s hospice £13,000

  • 500 miles charity providing prosthetics in Africa £12,750

  • Shelterbox emergency shelters £12,594

  • Renfrewshire Therapeutic Toy Library £10,000

  • St Vincent’s Hospice £9,500

  • Disabled Sailing at Castle Semple £7,247

  • Dentistry in Romania £5,845

At the other end of the scale more than 200 donations in the range £50 to £500 have been made to deserving local groups and individuals.

Major beneficiaries this year are the local hospice (St Vincent’s), Young Carers, local Youth Services, End Polio, Mary’s Meals and Shelterbox.

Gryffe Valley Rotary has many requests for help but is still always interested to hear from individuals or groups of opportunities to support local projects financially or through member’s efforts. Please contact the club via the contact button on the website or by speaking to a member.


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