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Laurencekirk and District Inner Wheel
At the May meeting, and AGM of Laurencekirk and District Inner Wheel, proceeds from their recent Charity Bazaar were dispersed to the following charities –
First Response, Kincardine and Deeside Befrienders, Laurencekirk Lunch Club, Friends of Stracathro, Laurencekirk Scouts, Laurencekirk Hanging Baskets, District Chairman’s Charity- Silverline.
Representatives from some of these charities were on hand to accept the cheques.
Kincardine and Deeside Befrienders were represented by David Nelson, who is a befriender and also on the management board. He gave a brief account of the work involved in providing companionship for their clients and of the training involved.
Kincardine and Deeside Befriending is a local registered charity which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people throughout the Kincardine and Deeside area by matching them on a one to one basis with a volunteer befriender. A regular visit from a befriender can provide companionship, practical and emotional support, and generally improve physical and mental wellbeing; in many cases, a carer also benefits from the welcome respite provided.
Once matched with a compatible client, befrienders visit them weekly or fortnightly. Popular befriending activities include home visits for a cup of tea and a chat, playing board games, a trip out for a coffee, to the local shops or sharing hobbies or interests. As well as ongoing support and supervision, volunteers have regular contact with their Coordinator and also have access to training opportunities and social events.
Following a request from District Chairman for the Nepal Earthquake Shelter Box Appeal, a collection was made and £150 was raised.
Incoming President Gladys Johnston was presented with her chain by outgoing President Kathleen Murray, who wished her success for her year in office.
The year concluded with an outing to The Maggie Law Museum at Gourdon , followed by a meal at the Anchor Hotel at Johnshaven.
As part of a nationwide Rotary Cycle event, the Laurencekirk organised three events on Fathers Day which was well supported and attracted 76 participants aged from 6 months to 75 years.
Routes included one to link up with Montrose Rotary Club and two more local routes, one around the Howe of the Mearns and a children’s event in Denlethen Community Wood .
The day was enhanced by the presence of the NESTRANS Bike Week team who provided a range of unusual bikes for participants to try out.They also arranged for a “Bike Doctor” to attend to give advice and free services to some of the participants cycles.
Despite a “gey dreich and rainy day” , Rotary President, Mike Robson, said he had never seen so many drookit smiling faces. The initial sum raised was £2,000 but it is still open for donations (www.justgiving.com/DONNA-ALLAN1).
Stonehaven Rotary Club
Last Wednesday, at the lunchtime meeting, there were a number of visitors who attended as guests of Stonehaven Rotary Club. Four were there to receive a cheque for £250 to each of four local charities. This was the proportion of the money which came to the club from the annual Rotary District Win a mini car raffle to raise funds for CLAN. Some of the funds raised in that raffle go to the clubs who take part in selling the tickets proportionate to the number of tickets they sell. Stonehaven Rotary club had sold the third highest number of tickets in the District and received £1000 to distribute to local causes of the Club’s choice. The cheques were handed over by President Peter O’Dowd to representatives of the four groups who were attending the meeting as guests of the Club. Kathleen Boyne accepted the cheque for Horizon, John Agnew for the Sea cadets, Beatrice Darnall and Julia Christian for the local Alzheimer’s Memories group and Club member Angus MacIntosh for the Talking Newspaper. Serena Shoker and Tamara Scherwitzel, who have been selected and sponsored by the Club to attend the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp in July, were also guests at Wednesday’s meeting—they will come back in September to speak about their experiences. The Club also presented a silver quaich to Heather Nisbet to mark her significant achievement in coming third in the RIBI UK Final of the Young Chef competition. Heather’s father George was there to see the presentation.
On Sunday June 21 Stonehaven Rotary club organised two cycling events to support the Rotary District initiative to raise funds for Prostrate Scotland. At 9am on Sunday morning, 19 cyclists gathered at the Station Hotel ready for the challenge of a bike ride as part of the Rotary Bike Ride across the UK and Ireland to raise money for prostate cancer. Two routes were available – a 34 mile trip from the Station Hotel to Laurencekirk Medical Centre and back and a shorter 25 mile jaunt from the Station Hotel to Auchenblae, Drumlithie and Carmont station and back. Members of Laurencekirk Rotary were on hand to welcome the cyclists on the longer route when they reached Laurencekirk and provide them with refreshments. Members of Stonehaven Rotary club manned a refreshment stop near Drumlithie for those on the shorter route and other members were at the Station Hotel to welcome cyclists from Portlethen Rotary Club who had cycled to Stonehaven. Unfortunately, even though it was Midsummer Day, the weather was mixed with some heavy showers of of rain and little sunshine and the hot drinks were welcomed by all the riders when they got back to the Station Hotel. Despite the weather all riders enjoyed the day and Stonehaven Rotary Club raised £2,000 for the Prostate Scotland cancer charity.