Donations to local causes

Donations made from our fundraising events



On 25th March our monthly dinner meeting was enthralled by a presentation from Mr Stuart Ballantyne on the wide spread of activities undertaken by Trossachs Search and Rescue - ranging from Heartstart training, installation of defibrillators, searching for missing persons across the length and breadth of the Lomond and Trossachs National Park and beyond, to search dog rescue missions across the UK. A cheque was handed over by President Norman to help with their work.


On 18th March the club presented a cheque to Sorcha Hicks to help fund her spending a year in India teaching English in a primary school under the auspices of Project Trust, an educational charity based in the Isle of Coll.

On 25th February SVP Nigel presented a cheque to Peter Russell from Mary's Meals to help with their quest to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day, encouraging education that can lift them out of poverty in later life.


In January 2019 President Norman presented a cheque for £500 to past president Sheenah to meet the cost of replacing pads on local defibrillators


Equipment donated to local surgeries.

In August 2019 a revolutionary piece of medical equipment designed to reduce the number of amputations needed by peopke with diabetes was donated to the GP Prectices in Helensburgh and Garelochhead. 

See report and  Photos


Following the presentation to Arrochar Youth they returned to visit us and tell us about their trip to Gordon's Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. During their two week visit the group taught children how to play rounders, football and other games. They also helped serve hot lunches and got their hands dirty working on the reading room and sick bay for children. They were involved in sanding floors, filling cracks in the walls and creating colourful murals to brighten the rooms. Members of the group described their experiences as "life changing and really humbling" and said it made them realise how much they take for granted in their own lives.

At President John's last meeting of the Rotary year a presentation was made to Arrochar Youth to help with the costs of their visit to Gordons Bay near Cape Town, South Africa.  There a group of 10 young people from Arrochar will be working in a township delivering much needed support to children disadvantaged by poverty.

The above photograph shows (l to r) Rtn Tariq Durrani,  IPP Sheenah Nelson,  Youth Leaders Angela McKell and Jean Cairns, and Pres John.


In April 2018 President John and Past President Ernest presented a cheque to the Beatson Cancer Charity to help with the support they give to local cancer patients. 


President John and Immediate Past President  Sheenah then presented a cheque to Playlist for Life. Playlist for Life is a UK music and dementia charity founded in 2013 by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson. They use the music of a person’s life to keep them connected to themselves and their loved ones throughout their dementia journey.

When you listen to music, your brain lights up like a fireworks display. If parts of your brain are damaged, the music can still reach those other parts. The results of that can be astonishing. Music can: 

  • Bring back feelings, memories and sometimes even abilities thought lost
  • Reduce the use of heavy drugs and restraints
  • Manage mood and emotions
  • Strengthen relationships, reconnect families and support new connections 
Personal playlists are a cheap, simple and powerful way to harness the power of music to make living with dementia easier and happier.


On 1st December President John and Vice President Norman visited the Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank to present a cheque to Mary McGinley, Foodbank Chair, particularly help with their work over the Christmas period.

Barbie Paterson, Secretary of Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank, said  "We are most grateful to the Rotary Club of Helensburgh Garelochside for their generous cheque of £250 to the Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank. This money will be very useful as it can be put to topping up any food items we are running low on. It is also good to have money in the bank to pay for other essentials such as printing costs. Donations such as this from the local community help the Foodbank to keep operating to support those who are going through a difficult time in their lives."


On 29th November President John, Vice President Norman and Immediate Past President Sheenah visited Children 1st at the Civic Centre to present a cheque to help local families over the Christmas period.  May Nelson, Team Leader commented "The £250 will be used for families living in the Helensburgh and Lomond area where we provide a family support service. The money would make a huge difference to families at Christmas and would be used to support them to buy food for the Christmas period.  It is an expensive time for all families specifically those living in poverty."


On 13th November President John presented a cheque to Michelle Macdonald from Route 81 to enable the purchase of an iPad for youngsters to research and work on a variety of projects.

At the same meeting two local youngsters from Route 81 gave a presentation on their experiences when they took part in the Rotary Young Leader Award scheme along with another youngster who was sponsored by Helensburgh RC. See separate page


On 6th November a presentation was given by Alison Ferguson from Macmillan Cancer Support outlining her work on the community as a Palliative Care Nurse. Perhaps for the first time many of us learned the difference between Palliative and Oncology - the former providing care and support for those suffering from an incurable disease and the latter seeking to find a solution.  We were equally a little taken aback to learn how limited are the available resources.

Alison's presentation was supported by IPP Sheenah who outlined her work in local drop-in centres and as chair of the Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising committee for Dumbarton, Helensburgh and area. The first donation from money raised by our Board walk as given to Alison and Sheenah to help with the local Drop-in centre.