The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

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The Rotary Club of Elgin, based in Moray is recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015,

On Friday 9th October, in the presence of HRH Princess Anne, President Donald Miller and Past President Carol Stewart, on behalf of the club received the award.

A voluntary group from Elgin who work in the community in support of many good causes has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Rotary Club of Elgin was established 89 years ago and each year provides an ambitious, innovative and successful programme of activities for local and international initiatives. Funds raised support and encourage many other Voluntary Organisations in delivering their essential services.

The Club is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups has increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.

The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”

The Lord – Lieutenant of Moray, Lt Col Grenville Johnston said:

“I have admired the work of this club for many years. They not only raise money for many good causes but assist charities to achieve their aims as well. They have an amazing record of community spirit which results in such events as the Motorfun in the Cooper Park, the Queen’s Jubilee party and support for the Moray Scanner Appeal. This weekend they are organising one of the major events in Elgin, the MARAFUN. This involves teams running for charity. I hope as many people as possible will support the event which is great fun and will fill the centre of Elgin.

The club has always had an international aspect as well. Their most recent efforts in support of the disaster in Nepal are another example of their tireless work for the good of others. “Service above self” sums them up completely. I am delighted that they have been recognised with this award.”

Lawrence Fraser, Past President said:

“This prestigious UK award recognises the wide range of projects that our Rotary Club has delivered over many years both locally and internationally. The Rotary motto is “Service above self” and we continually strive to serve our community