ARBROATH Rotary Club’s first meeting of the year in the Meadowbank on Thursday was something to celebrate.
Several members of the Rotaract group were in attendance to hand over substantial cheques to representatives of both Diabetes UK and CHAS.
Bob McQueen of Diabetes UK and Hannah Archibald of CHAS were guests of the Rotary Club of Arbroath and had kindly agreed to give a short talk each on the work of their organisation.
Rotarian Bill Watt has done a huge amount of work on behalf of the Rotaract Club and he introduced the Rotaractors, describing the various activities they had been involved in over the year. To date the group has organised a fund-raising ceilidh, a fund-raising race night and also written Christmas cards to members of the local community who might otherwise not have received any cards.
This last initiative was so successful that the Rotaractors have been invited to Balhousie Monkbarns Care Home to celebrate a mini Burns Supper with the residents. They will dance, recite poetry and address the haggis. The money raised at the race night was enough to allow the young people to donate £600 to each charity.
Bill Watt was pleased to announce that ‘Santa in the Abbeygate’ had raised the superb sum of £952. Ian Lamb informed members that the Dickensian carol singers had raised £232. He hopes to increase this amount to £300 by raffling a bottle of whisky during one of the club evenings. All carol singing monies are to be donated to the Salvation Army.