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END POLIO NOW:
Members of the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas recently visited primary schools in their area to see the results of the planting of purple crocuses last October to highlight the ongoing international Rotary Purple4Polio project to eradicate polio from the world. Carsphairn produced an excellent show in three tubs and members of Dalry primary school gardening club planted theirs along with other seasonal flowers. The photos show pupils from Carsphairn and Dalry primary schools.
At the Club’s recent Race Night, in addition to Race Night funds, a sum of money was also raised for the cause at a ‘purple4polio’ jam jar competition which will be added to other funds raised by the Club. Rotary’s national target is £1 million which would become £3 million from a matching scheme from the Gates Foundation. Rotary pledged to rid the world of polio back in 1985, when over 1,000 cases a day were being detected across 125 countries. In 2016, there were 37 cases worldwide in just three countries. Each vaccine costs approx 20p, so support for the project may literally save a child’s life.
YOUNG MUSICIAN 2017:
Castle Douglas Rotary Club hosted the annual Young Musician Competition at Castle Douglas High School. There were separate categories for Young Musician and Young Singer.
After the 13 competitors had each performed, the judges retired to decide who should be Young Musician and Singer for 2017. Before announcing the winner in each category, the judges praised the quality of all the performances and gave helpful feedback to all the competitors.
Winner of the Young Musician and overall winner was Marnie Clark who performed "Strutting at the Waldorf" by Philip Lane. Winner of the Young Singer competition was Alexander Young who performed "Music of the Night" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Winner of the Young Singer was Alexander Young with Rachel Barr a close runner up.
All 13 competitors with the judges and Kenny Murray, President of Castle Douglas Rotary Club.
DISTRICT 1020 CONFERENCE 2016:
Castle Douglas Rotary Club members attended the Annual District 1020 Conference which was held in Harrogate this year at the Majestic Hotel.
TOUR OF BRITAIN COMES TO CASTLE DOUGLAS!
The Tour of Britain 2016 visited Castle Douglas on Sunday, 4 September. The first stage of this year's Tour started in Glasgow and finished on King Street in Castle Douglas after 161 km of hard racing.
Castle Douglas Rotary Club supported the event by providing refreshments and food on the Market Hill Car Park.
The team ready for action before the crowd arrived.
A short time later! The Hog Roast was very popular.
The Rotary Challenge bike ready for action.
Castle Douglas Rotary Club Secretary Derek Crichton in action to record a personal best of 0.41 miles.
CASTLE DOUGLAS ROTARY HOSTS ROTARY RIDE 2016:
30 Stewartry cyclists joined thousands of other cyclists throughout Great Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer which now affects 250,000 men and their families each year.
The local cyclists completed routes ranging from 37 to 60 miles and it also gave the cyclists the opportunity to join up with other cyclists which created a very relaxed and informal atmosphere. Castle Douglas cyclist Davey Doherty commented " It was great to take part and join up with fellow cyclists to raise money for such a good cause and, at the same time, it really does illustrate that local people are increasingly participating in sporting activities to improve their personal fitness and general wellbeing."
The event raised £600 for Prostate Cancer and Mae Bell from Prostate Scotland commented “Prostate Scotland wish to thank all of the cyclists who took part in the Rotary Ride. It was a lovely atmosphere and it seemed everyone had lots of fun, even the chap who had had two punctures”. Commenting on his punctures predicament cyclist Donald Reid said “One puncture is a bit unlucky, but two in the one day is just crazy, so I certainly didn’t go out and buy a lottery ticket when I finished the ride”.
The organisers of the event, Castle Douglas Rotary Club, were delighted with the numbers taking part and indicated that the cooperation of the local British Legion Club had been especially helpful as this provided a great base for the cyclists to enjoy a well-earned refreshment at the end of the ride. Event organiser Robin Hogg indicated “Yet again local people have risen to the challenge with local organisations coming together to deliver an event that no only raised £600, but also raised awareness of Prostate Cancer. We are committed to organising a similar event next year and will shortly obtain feedback from the cyclists taking part to ensure we can build on the success of this year.
LOCAL ACCOUNTANT JOINS ROTARY:
Castle Douglas Rotary President Alan Murray recently welcomed Stephen Harman as the latest new member of the club. Stephen is a chartered accountant with Carson & Trotter in Castle Douglas and is thus a well known face to many people in the area.
The picture shows Castle Douglas President Alan Murray welcoming Stephen as a member.
NEW MEMBERS FOR CASTLE DOUGLAS ROTARY:
The Head Teachers from Castle Douglas High and Junior Schools have become our newest Rotarians. They joined as Corporate Members which allows them to represent their Schools and participate in Rotary organised events. Welcome on board.
Gerry Donnelly, Head Teacher of Castle Douglas High school, is welcomed as a new member by President Alan Murray.
David Tyson, Head Teacher of Castle Douglas Primary School, signs the Partnership Agreement with the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas.
ROTARY HOSTS THE PRIMARY SCHOOL QUIZ 2016:
The first round of the 2016 Primary School Quiz took place at Castle Douglas Primary School. All 8 schools in the Stewartry Cluster took part which ensured that there was a great competition with lots of participants.
After a very closely fought contest including a tie-break, the winners were Castle Douglas Primary School.
The picture shows Alan Murray, President of Castle Douglas Rotary Club, presenting the trophy to the winning Castle Douglas Primary School Team. The winning tean were, from the left, Sam King, Kelsey McGhie, Lewis Hope and Fiona McQueen.
Congratulations to the winning team!!
NEW MEMBER JOINS CASTLE DOUGLAS ROTARY CLUB:
Rotary President Alan Murray welcomed Gary Calderwood as a new member of Castle Douglas Rotary Club this week. Gary is the local Employer Engagement Officer-DG Employment TAP and will help Rotary in forming strategic partnerships with local businesses and schools.
The picture shows President Alan Murray (centre) welcoming Gary (left) with John Martin, the Membership Convenor on the right.
END POLIO NOW COLLECTION IN CASTLE DOUGLAS:
Once again the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas has been collecting for "End Polio Now", the global initiative organised and executed by Rotary volunteers to rid the world of polio and its disastrous effect on children's lives. This year the collection was boosted by the money raised by the pupils of Castle Douglas Primary School who have planted crocus bulbs at the school as part of their project to support polio eradication.
The picture shows some of the Rotary collectors ready for action!
As a result of the Rotary global initiative, only two countries in the world continue to have endemic polio. Our thanks to all the people who have so generously contributed to the collection.
CASTLE DOUGLAS PUPILS ATTEND ROTARY PEACE CONFERENCE:
Ten pupils from Castle Douglas High School attended the recent Rotary Peace Conference which was held in the Easterbrook Hall.
Abbie Rough, one of the pupils who attended the Conference commented "In conclusion, the Rotary Peace Conference was extremely inspiring and taught us a lot about how we can solve and prevent conflict. It was a very worthwhile day. If the aim was to make us feel inspired and confident enough to help our world, then this was definitely achieved."
HELPING THE FLOOD VICTIMS IN CUMBRIA:
Castle Douglas Rotary Club has donated £500 to the emergency relief work being carried out by the Rotary Clubs in Cumbria. The money will be used to provide immediate needs such as food and essentials for people who have been flooded in Carlisle and the surrounding area.
CASTLE DOUGLAS PRIMARY SCHOOL PRESENTS CHEQUE TO ROTARY:
George Dickson, the International Convenor of Castle Douglas Rotary Club accepts the cheque for £440 from pupils of Castle Douglas Primary School.
In 2014, crocus bulbs were planted in raised beds by pupils at Castle Douglas Primary School as a symbol of the struggle to eradicate polio throughout the world. Since then, the Primary 7 pupils have engaged in activities to raise funds to help fight the disease. As a result of the considerable effort by all concerned with the school, a fantastic total of £440 has been raised and handed over to the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas.
George Dickson, the International Convenor with the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas said "The Club are delighted to receive such a positive reaction from the staff and pupils at the school. I would like to thank everyone very much for this generous donation. Everyone should be extremely proud of their achievement in the knowledge that they will help in the worldwide fight against polio."
LEGION DONATES SHOEBOXES TO ROTARY
Castle Douglas Royal British Legion has supported Castle Douglas Rotary Club by filling 20 Rotary Shoeboxes.
The 20 Shoeboxes will join other Shoeboxes filled by Rotarians and others. They will be conveyed to Eastern Europe to help desparately poor families.
Children opening their Shoeboxes on Christmas Day in Cluj, Romania.
Castle Douglas President Alan Murray attended a meeting of the 3rd Castle Douglas Brownie Unit where he was presented with a cheque for £317 for the Rotary Shelterbox charity by Bryony Wilson on behalf of the unit. The money was raised by Vicky Long following a presntation by Alan on the work of Shelterbox last year. The picture below shows Alan accepting the cheque.
"END POLIO NOW!" GARDEN PARTY:
The Annual Garden Party to celebrate the start of the new Rotary Year provided the opportunity for an excellent social evening while raising money for End Polio Now! Owing to the disappointing weather, the event was moved to Castle Douglas Parish Church Hall. However, this provided a comfortable location for an excellent evening with much good humour. Thanks to George Dickson and Liz Harper for organising the event which raised £560 for End Polio Now!
John Orr provided the entertainment.
EASTER TREATS FOR YOUNG CARERS:
Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright Rotary Clubs are working together with the Young Carers Project to provide help and support for Young Carers throughout the Stewartry. Many of these Young Carers are denied the normal treats and presents which other children receive. As it is Easter time, the Rotary Clubs have collected Easter Eggs so that every Young Carer will have at least one to enjoy.
The picture shows the collection of Easter Eggs before they were distributed to the Young Carers. Present are Jennifer Montgomery and Andrew Campbel from Castle Douglas Rotary Club together with Fraser Sanderson from Dalbeattie Rotary Club and Joy and Sara from the Young Carers Project.
IT EQUIPMENT FOR YOUNG CARER:
As part of the project to support Young Carers in Castle Douglas, the Rotary Club have worked with the IT Centre in Castle Douglas to equip one of the Young Carers with the IT equipment necessary to complete their homework and for other needs. Castle Douglas IT Centre have resourced a suitable laptop, printer and other items.
The picture shows the laptop and equipment being handed over to Cliff Robertson of Castle Douglas Rotary Club. Also in the picture are Joy McLure from the Young Carers Project and Chris Fyles from Castle Douglas IT Centre.
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