it’s Christmas! Funding Initiative
Over several weeks, the Rotary Club of Duns’s sleigh, complete with lights and bells, will carry Santa around the villages and schools of Berwickshire and finally to a grotto set up in Duns Square on Christmas Eve. Don’t you just love
the look on the kids’ faces when they meet Santa: Surely a highlight in any Rotary year?
Duns members wish all 1020 Rotarians a and Santa is ready
. . . to cope with any conditions Last year’s heavy snow certainly had its effect on the activities of Santa and his sleigh in South Queensferry. The switch on of the Christmas lights was postponed, and it was impossible for Santa and his helpers to tour the streets in the usual fashion. Even appearances at local stores and supermarkets were curtailed because of access difficulties.
Hamish Biggar addressing the Dalbeattie Cub group against the background of some of the new tents purchased from the £960 grant awarded by the Club
The photographs capture the recent launch events for two of the projects funded under the Initiative. www.dalbeattierotary1020.org.uk
to Gordon Banks of the Rotary Club of Braids, winner of the last magazine’s competition.
A magnificent FOOD HAMPER from
very happy and successful 2012 www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.asp?PgID=233150&ClubID=79
In 2010-11, the Rotary Club of Dalbeattie launched its Funding Initiative to support local clubs and organisations in their work in the community.
Clear funding criteria were drawn up, potential groups id entified , Club members nominated a liaison person with each group and the organisations were asked to submit funding bids.
14 groups with most of the money sourced from two trust funds managed by the Rotary Club. The Jim Eaves Trust is founded on a legacy left to the Club by a former member and the Dorothy Kirk Trust on funds left to the club by a local resident. Both requested in their wills that the money be used by the Club for the benefit of local residents and the wider community.
Hamish Biggar on left, President 2011-12, and Mike Hollis on right, President 2010-11, stand with representatives of the newly-formed Dalbeattie Allotment Society at the unveiling of the plaque recording the donation of £5000 awarded to the Society from the Jim Eaves Trust
As a result, £15,000 was distributed to
Refurbishment of the sleigh is already well under way thanks to Rotarians Allan Smith and Richard Brown. President Robert Farrelly said: ‘We would be most unlucky to have weather as appalling as last year, but if the worst comes to the worst, plans are in place to have Santa somewhere he can meet as many children as possible.
The sleigh has been a most successful fundraiser over the years and has often been made available to boost the funds of neighbouring clubs.’
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Herbert Chatters, MPRC Chair, presenting Gordon Banks, on the right, with the winning hamper
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