Ro­tary on course for 32nd Am-Am, rais­ing funds to help the com­mu­nity

The Oban Times - - Feature -

ONE of Ar­gyll’s most an­tic­i­pated char­ity events of the year will tee off on June 4 as the Ro­tary Club of Oban presents the 32nd an­nual Am-Am at Glen­cruit­ten Golf Club.

The Am-Am came about as a re­sult of a friend­ship be­tween Oban Ro­tar­ian Terry Mac­nair and Roy and Shirley Ersk­ine, who are the grand­par­ents of Andy and Jamie Mur­ray, the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned ten­nis play­ers.

This led to an in­vi­ta­tion from Dun­blane Ro­tary to send a team of four to their in­au­gu­ral Am-Am and, on their re­turn, it was de­cided that Oban Ro­tary could do like­wise, and the Oban Am-Am was born. From these mod­est be­gin­nings, Oban Ro­tary’s golf AmAm has gone from strength to strength, hav­ing raised more than £ 165,000 for lo­cal causes.

More than 100 spon­sors and nearly 200 play­ers are ex­pected for this year’s event.

‘ We raised just short of £11,000 last year,’ said Ro­tary ju­nior vice- pres­i­dent Iain Mac­In­tyre.

‘ If we raise be­tween £10,000 and £11,000 this year, I will be de­lighted.

‘ The Am-Am ac­counts for about 60 to 70 per cent of our to­tal funds raised each year.

‘ The Ro­tary Club motto is “Ser­vice Be­fore Self”, and there are a great num­ber of wor­thy lo­cal causes out there. We are spread­ing our money quite wide, so we man­age to cover a lot of projects that big­ger spon­sors can’t. For many causes, es­pe­cially for chil­dren, small amounts such as £ 50 or £ 300 is a lot of money, so we try to make funds avail­able. That’s what this is all about.’

The funds raised at the event are dis­persed to a va­ri­ety of lo­cal causes, with an em­pha­sis on youth- ori­ented activities, such as school trips, ju­nior golf de­vel­op­ment, shinty, foot­ball and rugby coach­ing and the likes of the Oban High School Pipe Band.

In ad­di­tion, Oban Ro­tary con­tin­ues to sup­port Mary’s Meals, the Lau­r­in­burg School ex­change, as well as con­tribut­ing to the lo­cal se­nior cit­i­zens’ an­nual Christ­mas lunch. Funds from the Am-Am en­abled Ro­tary to make a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the ac­qui­si­tion of a ther­a­peu­tic chair for Oban Hospice, sup­port the re­newal of the ten­nis courts at At­lantis and pro­vide con­tin­ued sup­port for the High­lands and Is­lands Mu­sic and Dance Fes­ti­val.

Am-Am funds also helped to fund the pur­chase of a spe­cialised bi­cy­cle to aid the mo­bil­ity of a dis­abled teenager and con­trib­uted to the ac­qui­si­tion of a sec­ond car­riage for the Ar­gyll RDA Driv­ing Group in Ben­der­loch, as well as the Healthy Op­tions and Green Shoots ini­tia­tives in Oban.

‘Cov­er­age in The Oban Times has brought to ev­ery­body’s at­ten­tion – the play­ers and the spon­sors – that this money is be­ing raised on a vol­un­tary ba­sis for lo­cal good causes within the Oban and Lorn area, and, as a re­sult, the event has dou­bled in size over the past few years,’ Mr Mac­In­tyre said.

‘ The feed­back we get ev­ery year is great and it’s al­ways a very en­joy­able day. It’s be­come part of the cul­ture of the town.’

Ac­cord­ing to this year’s con­vener, David Mudie: ‘ Be­cause The Oban Times pub­li­cises the work that we do, we get re­quests just about ev­ery week from peo­ple or or­gan­i­sa­tions with needs. We can’t cover them all, but we are able to sup­port a va­ri­ety of wor­thy causes.’

Be­sides the play­ers, who come from as far afield as Glas­gow, Dun­blane and Cri­eff, the event in­volves vir­tu­ally ev­ery mem­ber of Ro­tary and hence expenses are kept to a min­i­mum.

The event also en­joys the sup­port of lo­cal young­sters, who give their time for ball spot­ting.

The Ro­tary Club would like to thank Dougie Mac­In­tyre and the staff at Glen­cruit­ten Golf Club, as well as James For­grieve for all they do to sup­port the event.

Oban Ro­tary mem­bers, led by club pres­i­dent Ken Mon­crieff, gath­ered at Glen­cruit­ten Golf Club last Satur­day to start prepa­ra­tions for this year’s Golf Char­i­ties Day (Am-Am). Join­ing them is a group of golfers from Liver­pool who visit Oban on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to play at Glen­cruit­ten.

Ro­tary pres­i­dent Gra­ham Fraser is seen here pre­sent­ing Oban High School Pipe Band with a cheque for £500 as a do­na­tion to­wards its run­ning costs.

Iain Mac­In­tyre and Ken Mon­crieff pre­sent­ing cer­tifi­cates for public speak­ing to win­ner Me­gan Day, sec­ond placed Mur­ray Scott and third So­phie Houston.

Gra­ham Fraser, left, presents a cheque to Jane Isaac of Ar­gyll Rid­ing for the Dis­abled, with fel­low Ro­tar­ian Ken Ox­land.

Oban Ro­tary Club sup­ports ju­nior golf de­vel­op­ment at Glen­cruit­ten Golf Club.

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