Ro­tary Club re­ally care about the com­mu­nity

Lo­cal groups ben­e­fit from the great work it does

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Edel Ke­nealy

A wealth of lo­cal chil­dren are ben­e­fit­ting from the hard work of Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club as it makes young peo­ple a pri­or­ity in 2016.

The club started the year by hand­ing over a cheque for £688 to Ruther­glen High School to cover the cost of a trip to the pan­tomime for S1 and S2 pupils.

In Fe­bru­ary the club helped spon­sor the Scot­tish Sec­ondary Schools In­door Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships at the Emi­rates Arena, with mem­bers also as­sist­ing in the run­ning of the event.

Also help­ing to pro­mote the cham­pi­onships, the club’s vice pres­i­dent Bill McIntosh’s firm put an ad­vert on pres­i­dent Ian Wil­son’s Glas­gow taxi.

In March, in­spired by Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club’s gift of cro­cus bulbs to Calder­wood Pri­mary, pupils held a cof­fee morn­ing to gather funds for the major Ro­tary pro­ject ‘ End Po­lio Now’ which is erad­i­cat­ing Po­lio across the world. March also saw lo­cal pri­mary schools take part in the Ruther­glen Pri­mary School Quiz, run by the club, which saw Burn­side Pri­mary win the 2016 ti­tle.

More re­cently the club has sup­ported two lo­cal sports clubs, Ruther­glen Swim­ming Club and Archie Durie’s Box­ing Club.

It pro­vided much- needed fund­ing to Durie’s gym, to con­tinue its very suc­cess­ful t rain­ing of young boys and girls to be­come award win­ning cham­pi­ons, and paid for start­ing blocks for the swim­ming club.

Two Ro­tar­i­ans went to the East­field pool to see the new start­ing boxes be­ing used by some of the 100 swim­mers who are mem­bers of the much-loved club.

Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Ian Wil­son said: “We sup­port in­ter­na­tional char­i­ta­ble works, na­tional and lo­cal.

“Ob­vi­ously we are very much about the lo­cal com­mu­nity and that’s why we are try­ing to sup­port these lo­cal groups, right across the age spec­trum.

“These ini­tia­tives en­cour­age part­ner­ships in the com­mu­nity and that’s what we are in­ter­ested in and we try and help the best we can.”

Last month also saw the re­turn of Ruther­glen Ro­tary Club’s an­nual plant fayre in part­ner­ship with the town’s Abbey­field Care Home.

Held within the Abbey­field grounds in Stonelaw Drive, the event - sup­ported by Rey­nards Nurs­eries and Fosters Funeral Care - saw hun­dreds of plants sold, rais­ing £ 1,500, with £ 750 go­ing to the care home.

Cham­pi­ons Award win­ning box­ers at Durie’s gym ac­cepted a do­na­tion fom the Ro­tary Club in May

Ath­let­ics Ruther­glen Ro­tary club pro­moted the schools cham­pi­onships through­out Glas­gow

Panto A cheque for £688 funded a trip to the panto for Ruther­glen High School stu­dents

Cro­cus Calder­wood Pri­mary took the End Po­lio Now cam­paign to their hearts

Cheque Calder­wood Pri­mary hand over a cheque to Ro­tar­i­ans to help End Po­lio Now

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