Gryffe Valley Rotary passes £278K

The club has now spent more than £278,000 since its formation in 1995.

With the success of the Gryffe Valley 10K Run in May 2019, the club had spent more than £250,000 over the twenty-four years since its formation in 1995. This was a huge achievement by the thirty-five members, who include 9 founder members.  In June 2021, spending reached £278,000. 

A full listing of the beneficiaries of the monies raised up to June 2018 is published on the club website  at Brochure180630-1.pdfBrochure180630-2.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 the first twenty-four years were:

  • 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.

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 (Google Gryffe Valley Rotary) or by speaking to a member.


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