DINGWALL ROTARY & THE PANDEMIC
How Rotary in Dingwall has managed the Covid-19 restrictions
The pandemic restrictions have affected everyone across all walks of life, not least the Rotary Club of Dingwall. Our usual routine meetings have not taken place since March 2020. We have not been able therefore to raise funds for any local or national deserving causes. But the needs of the many charitable organisations have not changed,, indeed for many, they have increased. This image of Dingwall High Street was taken at 1100 am in June at the height of the lockdown. It ilustrates just how the pandemic had dramatically affected footfall in the street and how the lack of people will have seriously undermined the activities of charities and service organisations in our area.
Dingwall Rotarians have risen to the challenge and even though we cannot meet as a group, we have supported a number of worthy causes during the past months; from March to October.. The donations we have made to those needing our encouragement and financial help are:
Connecting Young Carers Highland, £2533. Many young carers have found it difficult to survive without the necesary physical and financial support that they had received before the pandemic took hold. The Connecting Young Carers Charity is looking after their interests, but for that they need money. They also have more than 400 young carers registered with them over the whole of the Highland Council area and they only have a staff of three!! The age of the carers ranges from 8 to 24. We have promised that when we can, we will provide other types of support. We can offer career information, CV construction, mock Interviews etc. The charity is holding a get together day in March and we will then be able to assess our possible involvement tailored to the needs of the carers.
Highland Food Bank (Dingwall), £5850. During the pandemic the supply of food donations dropped dramatically. Our donations over the months helped the organisers to maintain stock levels.
Highland Hospice, £1100, Their needs, with or without Covid, are ever present.
Beirut Explosion, £650. The utter devastation caused by the explosion at the port area in August will take a great deal of money, resources and effort to remedy. The Beirut Rotary Club are working hard to supply much needed domestic supplies as well as helping to rebuild homes and schools. Rotary District 1010 (Scotland North) have donated more than £20,000 to their cause. The money has come from the individual donations given by the 89 Clubs in the District.
Sight Savers International, £250. This is a Rotary charity that helps those in disadvantaged areas of the world to have life changing eye operations of many kinds.
Local Beneficiaries, £500. In addition to the larger charities, there are many individuals and families who need help and the pandemic hasn't halted that need.
Shoeboxes We were unable to deliver our collection of boxes that were to be sent to Eastern Europe for Easter. The club had filled approx. 70 boxes for delivery. However, we filled 74 boxes in anticipation of a Christmas delivery and Rotary GB & I made the delivery in time. We combined our two collections and forwarded the boxes to the Rotary collection point as one bulk load. In total, therefore, we forwarded 144 boxes, all destined for deprived areas in Eastern Europe.
We will continue to do what we can to ease the stress that the pandemic is causing to anyone in need. If you need the help of the Dingwall Rotary Club during this time , contact the named person listed on this page.