Vol­un­teer needed to take the wheel

Run­ning for­char­ity andy­our fit­ness

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

A vi­tal not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion has launched a last-ditch ap­peal for a new chair­per­son.

The East Kil­bride Com­mu­nity Trans­port (EKCT) helps keep hun­dreds of peo­ple on the move through­out the area each week.

That in­cludes those with no ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port be­cause of avail­abil­ity, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, af­ford­abil­ity or safety and se­cu­rity con­cerns.

But, the groups chair­woman and founder, Ina Cum­ming is to step down af­ter 35 years of ser­vice.

Now mem­bers are ask­ing for any­one with man­age­rial or trans­port ex­pe­ri­ence to help run the char­ity on a vol­un­tary ba­sis –and if they can’t find any­onw soon, the char­ity will fold.

Mem­bers of the group will meet along­side the Mur­ray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil group at 7pm on Thurs­day (Jan­uary 10) in the Mur­ray Owen Cen­tre, in what will be one of Ina’s last meet­ings.

The group of­fers as­sis­tance to local pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, youth groups, church groups, women’s guilds, shel­tered hous­ing and care homes and groups with ad­di­tional sup­port needs, of­fer­ing up so­lu­tions to their trans­port needs.

In Au­gust, they were given a cash boost from CALA Homes to help keep them on the move.

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing with the char­ity should con­tact June Harpum or Ina on 01355 224 972. Lo­cals wor­ried they may have over­done it dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod are be­ing en­cour­aged to sign up to help a lead­ing char­ity.

The Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion have put to­gether three ‘res­o­lu­tion runs’ across Scot­land start­ing next month – and that in­cludes one in Glas­gow.

Now the char­ity is ask­ing East Kil­bride res­i­dents who have set them­selves the goal of get­ting fit­ter in 2019, to sign-up and take part.

And in do­ing so, they would not only help the char­ity, but help re­duce their risks of stroke.

Pro­fes­sor Robin­son says that mod­er­ate walk­ing to in­tense jog­ging, cy­cling, or other phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can “sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce your stroke risk”.

The ‘res­o­lu­tion runs’ in­clude 5K and 10K events and whether you run, jog or walk the route, sup­port will be on hand ev­ery step of the way.

You can sign up to take part by head­ing to www. res­o­lu­tion­run.org.uk.

The last ride Ina will step down from her role af­ter 35 years at the helm

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