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June saw the return of our little yellow friends, the ducks, brought out of their nesting place, to bring fun to young and old alike. Early in the month of June, they graced the summer fair at Southcraig School, where they were part of the plan to raise money for the school for adapted bikes, so that they more physically challenged pupils could cycle with their peers. On the day of the school summer fair, the duck race course, resplendent with it's new green grassy banks, was set up in the school playground. Much fun was had by the children, watching the ducks bob their way down the course. A few weeks later, the club had a stand at the Holy Fair on the Low Green, where they ran duck filled fun activities, including Name-a-Duck, Hook-a-Duck and Colour a duck competition, which was judged by provost Helen Mooney.
The winners of the colouring competition were Samuel and Niamh, and the name a duck was won by Hollie. All 3 children were delighted with their prizes, whcih were presented by our Service Projects Manager, Peter Christy.
The 2nd Annual Crocus Coffee Morning was held on 9th March, at Alloway Parish Church Halls, and was a great success. The Club managed to more than double what was raised last year. A total of £868 was raised this year, which will go to make polio history. All available Rotarians worked as a team, arranging tables, pouring drinks, serving cakes or selling tickets, whatever their physical ability allowed. Everybody had a skill that was put to good use. Our thanks go to all who helped Rotarians and their spouses. Special thanks go to: Mr Mike Giles' family, who baked a Simnel Cake for a prize draw, the spouses of the Rotarians who baked and organised with teapots and cakes & to Giulia Candussi for her photographic skills.
Next years Crocus Coffee Morning is already booked for 22nd February 2020.
We have had a busy Autumn. On the 15th September, Alloway Parish Church hosted a concert on behalf of the Rotary Club of Alloway.The Ayr Community Choir gave us another wonderful rendition of some of our favourite songs, and Bobby Irving had us standing up and sitting down at a pace fit for a 100 yard sprint.
We raised just short of £1000 on the night, which will be presented to South Ayrshire Young Carers, the recipient of the proceeds raised on the night.
In August we presented a cheque to Raj Singh, on behalf of Sensory Impairment Support Group. SISG were nominated by Raj for our community award of £200.
In Septemebr we welcomed Bernard Smith, General Manager of Whiteleys Retreat, along with Susan Webb. They gave us a wonderful talk on the progress that has been achieved in just a few short months, down at the site. President Joy Rivett presented them with a cheque of £200, in a pair of wellington boots, chosen by member Mr Brian Martin. The boots will be part of a line-up of boots at the retreat for those families who come without wellies.
In October we welcomed Angela McKnay, from Unity Grill. Angela told us her story of bringing Unity Grill to fruition. Unity Grill helps to support those in financial difficulty with food and drink, whilst maintainng their dignity. Angela was adamant that people should not made to feel like they are getting something for nothing. In exchange for an hours work, they will receive a voucher for food and hot drink, or coffee & cake.
On Saturday 23rd June 2018, the Rotary Club of Alloway ran their 3rd
Annual Duck Race as part of the Holy Fair, on the Low Green.
Ducklings raced in 10 heats, before a final race. The winner of the
duckling race was Helen Lewis, 2nd was Lynn Burns, and 3rd place went to
Joan Young. Corporate ducks just ran in one race. The winner of the
corporate race was A1 Ironmongers. Congratulations!
29 local businesses donated at least £90 each, and will continue to
receive publicity on our "clean water for all" page. Please support these businesses, with
your custom, because without them, we would not be where we are now.
A fantastic result resulted in over £5500 being raised from this one event. Add the grant we received, and we are sitting around the £7500 mark. Still another £5000, but we are sure we will raise that before the year is out. If you would like to help us, complete the "contact us" form on this piage, and we will be in touch.
A huge big thank you to all those who participated in the Annual Duck race. A huge achievement.
3rd March 2018
On a Saturday morning, Rotarians gathered, having creamed, folded,whisked and baked, a variety of home-bakes ready for their guests to join them, for what they hope will become an annual event "The Crocus Coffee Morning" We were honoured to be joined by John Scott MSP as well as a local man who confessed to not knowing that polio was still a problem in some parts of the world. He himself had contracted polio way back in 1956. As a result of the admission fee, donations and the sale of crocus' badges & home-baking at the end of the event, we are pleased to announce the total of £381 was raised, which will be trebled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Rotary Club of Alloway are grateful to all those who attended, and would like to extend their thanks to Alloway Parish Church for allowing them to host this event in their beautiful halls. We hope this is the beginning of a long and beneficial relationship.
23rd September 2017
Tonight, after weeks and months of hard work and co-ordination from many members of the club, we held the Concert to raise funds for the Purple for Polio campaign. Over 200 people joined us at Castlehill Church in Ayr, to listen to the Choir of the Ayr Community Church, along with the Junior section of the brass band, some of whom play instruments bigger than themselves. During the concert, we heard from Ade Adepitan, via a video clip, taken at the National Conference in Manchester back in April of this year. The total raised, combining ticket sales and donations during the concert is in excess of £1700.
You can still donate by using the "donate now" button on our facebook page. Whilst you are there please like our page and invite your friends and family. TIA
28th August 2017
Tickets for the Concert at Castlehill Church on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at 7.30 pm are now available to purchase online here.
21st August 2017
At tonight's meet we honoured a Rotarian from our club, with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Mr Bill Campbell has been a member since 1992, and throughout his time, has held many posts at both Club and District level. This video gives a flavour of his service.
26th June 2017
At the last meeting for the 2016/17 year, our outgoing President Mr George Irving CBE handed over to the club's first female President in it's 43 year history. The club showed it's gratitude to President George Irving CBE with this wee clip.
16th June 2017
The Rotary Club of Alloway had a stand at the Holy Fair on the Low Green in Ayr today, to promote their Annual Duck Race on 24th June 2017. We are very pleased to announce that we won the "Best Dressed Stand" Here are the stall-volunteerr receiving their cheque from the Provost. Well Done to THE TEAM!
The Rorians were successful is selling around 100 ducklings for their race, as well as providing entertainment for many young attendees in their Hook a Duck activity. The following Slide Show of the day gives you a flavour of the whole event.
30th May 2017
We are please to Announce that 3 local businesses have agreed to stock our Ducklings for sale, they are:
On Yer Bike, 47 Alloway Street, Ayr
Wallace Allan, 4 Newmarket Street, Ayr
The Baby's Castle, 13-15 Alloway Street, Ayr.
30th May 2017
Details of the Annual Duck Race being held on Saturday 24th June 2017 in Ayr, have been released. Watch why we are holding this event and check out our event page.
Remember to buy your duck in the many outlets or contact the Rotary Club of Alloway using the form below.
24th April 2017