Forth Bridge Abseil reaches £1m
South Queensferry Rotary Club's Forth Bridge Abseil hit two milestones this year.
This is not only the tenth year of the event, but this year the cumulative amount of money raised for charity crossed the one million pound mark.
A spectacular sum for a spectacular event. Well done South Queensferry, long may it continue.
The District Handover was a special affair this year, with prestigious awards to two Rotarians and a joint handover with Rotaract. Click below for more.
Primary Schools Quiz Scottish Final
For this first time in many years the three Scottish Districts held a Scottish Final to the Primary Schools Quiz. Schools from Buckie to Dumfries took part marking a huge geographical spread across Scotland.
The quiz was held in the Iris Murdoch Building of Stirling University, and each District was represented by three schools. The room was packed with parents and supporters, and ended ina tie, requiring not one but two tie-breaks before Priorsfield Primary from Peebles was declared the winner.
Scottish Schools Athletics
Rotary in Scotland is the sponsor of The Secondary School outdoor Track & Field Championships at Grangemouth Stadium on 7th and 8th June. We are looking for volunteers to help behind the scenes and also invite all Rotarians to come and support their local schools.
Forth Bridge Abseil - helpers sought
On 7th July, Rotary South Queensferry will run their 10th Annual Abseil. Once again over 340 willing participants will abseil from the Forth Bridge to raise money for their chosen charity.
This year the main charities are Edinburgh Children’s Hospital and Charity and Strathcarron Hospice but abseilers are also raising money for 14 other charities. This year’s abseil is fully sold out so were looking forward to another busy but enjoyable day.
We could do with some more helpers though.
This is an extra special year. By the end of the day the total amount raised over the 10 abseils will exceed £1,000,000.
Rotarians from District 1020 who have helped in previous years all commented that they have thoroughly enjoyed being part of it. Whether or not you’ve helped before please come along and be part of this historic day by volunteering as a helper.
If you have a few hours free on the 7th then sign up by entering your details here. You can sign up for the whole day (we’ll supply a packed lunch if you do) or just the morning (08:15 to 12:45) or afternoon (12:30 to 17:00).
.If you have any questions about the event or the opportunities to help please get in touch through the Contact Us link on the form or directly to Graham Leith at email@example.com
Rotarians from District 1020 met at The Mallard Hotel, Gullane to "fight" for the honour of winning either The Sheena Bruce Memorial Plate, The Governor's Cup or The Governor's Runner's Up Plate.
The results were:-
- THE SHEENA BRUCE MEMORIAL PLATE 2019 … Rotary Club of Penicuik
- THE GOVERNOR'S CUP 2019 … Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange
- THE GOVERNOR'S RUNNER'S UP PLATE … Rotary Club of Biggar
Rotary Young Citizen
Nicknamed “Kira the Machine”, 15-year-old Kira Noble from Edinburgh is one of this year's national Rotary Young Citizens Award winners. Kira has courageously faced the rare and aggressive cancer Neuroblastoma since she was 11-years-old but has now been told that her cancer is incurable. After doctors failed to initially recognise that she had the condition, she has campaigned for more awareness and training of medical professionals to save lives. She launched a Childhood Cancer campaign and joined forces with an Edinburgh mum whose son died of leukaemia.
Watch Kira's emotional interview on BBC. You may need to unmute the video with the control on the bottom right once it starts.
Kira’s cancer has returned three times making her currently in her fourth journey with the disease. Whilst in hospital, she offers support to other cancer sufferers and their families as well as raising awareness of her condition through social media. Her attitude is “I don’t like being negative because it isn’t going to get me anywhere.”. Kira was nominated for the award by the Rotary Club of Leith.
Kirkcudbright celebrates 70 years of Rotary
The Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright recently celebrated 70 years of service to the area.
A number of clubs from across the District were represented, and District Governor Agnes Ritchie presented PDG Maurice Halliday with a Citation for Meritorious Service to Rotary Foundation.
More Young Champions
District Governor Agnes presents district winners in the Young Writer and Young Photographer competitions with their certificates.
A very high standard was achieved again this year, with the judges being very impressed with the entries.
Young Musician District Final
The District final had 16 Competitors and the standard of musicianship was amazing. The weather happily did not put off an enthusiastic audience from attending and enjoying a splendid afternoon. The adjudicators had a really tough task in deciding on the winners!
Those placed were:
Vocal - Shauna Healy (Currie Balerno) / Callen Love (Dumfries) / Milly Coltherd (Selkirk)
Instrumental - Callum Walton (Annan) / Benedict Tan (Currie (Balerno) / Lewis Blackwood (Larbert)
1st & 2nd placings go through to Regional final on 17 March
Rotary International Scottish Schools Indoor Athletic Championships
The Scottish Rotary Districts sponsored the championships for the Fifth year in succession with the opportunity to get some great publicity and to have a strong Rotary presence at the arena during the two days.
The games took place at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow on Wednesday 6th February and Thursday 7th February 2019. 204 schools across Scotland were represented. The athletics were superb, and there were Rotary banners around all the stadium and surrounding the podium.
Click More to see some highlights.
Young Chef District Final
District Final of the Young Chef Competition took place on Saturday 2nd
February at West Lothian College. The first two were Stephen and Maya,
both sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright. Third place went to
Maisie, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peebles. Stephen and Maya will
represent the District at the Regional Final on 2nd March.
Congratulations to them.
All competitors produced some very tasty dishes (just ask DG Agnes) and were praised for their standard of cooking by the judges. It was good to see a number of Rotarians at the competition supporting their candidates.
The latest edition of the District's online newsletter can be seen here.
Kiran joins Rotary
You may remember that one of only two Peace Fellows honoured at the United Nations Rotary Day this year was Kiran SIngh Sirah, a member of our GSE team which went to Colombia in 2009, and subsequently a Peace Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tranent.
Many people in the District remember Kiran fondly, and we are delighted that he had now joined Rotary as a member of his local Rotary Club in Tennessee.
In his post on Facebook he paid tribute to Ian and Olive Geddes for their support and encouragement as a GSE scholar and a Peace Fellow, and shared the story of their friendship at his induction - followed by a drink in Ian's honour.
Clubs across D1020 have been planting crocuses as part of the Purple4Polio campain to raise awareness of the fight against polio.
You can see a slideshow of some of them in the Foundation section.
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