Club Centenary/ Matched funding charitable ventures

Matched funding charitable ventures with the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee and the Dundee Guildry

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We have pledged £10,000 to local good causes with a matched-funding commitment by the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee to create a £20,000 fund for ten charities to win awards of £2000 each.

A total of 70 charities were invited to submit applications and 41 were received, indicating a strong level of interest that will have brought the attention of the Rotary Club of Dundee and the Nine Trades of Dundee to the attention of a good number of local charities.

A small project team of consisting of PP Alastair Scott, Rotarians Jim Pickett, Dai John, Corah Franco and led by PP Tim Heilbronn and including John Fyffe, Charities, Convener of the Nine Trades, carried out an evaluation of these applications.

The ten successful charities and good causes have been selected and they will shortly be forwarded for approval. The intention is to present these awards at our Civic Reception in May, but obviously this is Covid19 dependent.

The sub-committee considered that another five charities were worthy of some level of support by the Club and this will be looked separately by the Centenary Committee.

We have also pledged E5, 000 to support a worthwhile Dundee project, match funded by the Guildry.

Vice President Scott Williamson as Lord Dean of Guild along with Guildry Assessors  Joe Morrow, Malcolm Horner and Ivor Morton along with President Clive Murray, Rotarian Wendy Maltman and Past President Robert Dunn have been working at establishing a worthwhile Healthcare project.

This panel is close to finalising a proposal that has been brought to our attention where there is a clear need in Dundee. It is to supply to the community at large Home Blood Pressure Monitors to those who otherwise cannot afford them.

We are aware that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Enabling people to monitor their blood pressure at home rather than wait for GP appointments would allow earlier warning of health concerns.

In turn, that would allow more time for medical intervention and could help save lives.