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The Rotary Club of Oban have mobilised to help fight the effects of coronavirus on the community and hope to continue to support local good cause.
The club has agreed a regular weekly financial donation to Hope Kitchen to assist them in providing help and support for our most vulnerable community members.
President Douglas Small said: ‘This fund has been donated by individual Rotary members and will not affect the regular support we give to local good causes through our usual fundraising efforts.
‘The idea was proposed by past president Roger Parry and was unanimously approved by club members.’
In addition, the club has offered its members as volunteers to Argyll and Bute Council and The Lorne Medical Centre. A sub-committee instigated and co-ordinated by Rotarian Ronnie Forbes will spearhead this effort and the club will stand ready and willing to assist in any way it can.
Donations to local causes continue at pace and a cheque for £500 was presented to Christine Hill, secretary of Oban Youth Pipe Band, to help buy equipment for the band’s drum core.
A cheque for £500 was presented to William Malone, treasurer of Oban Lorne RFC in support of the club’s Mini and Midi sections, while future rugby stars in the making, Aaron Dot, Fergus Macintyre and Calum MacDonald of Oban High School RFC have been supported with a cheque for their trip to Perignon in France. The boys will spend two weeks training as professional sportsmen. It is unclear at this point wither the boys trip will be delayed till later in the year due to coronavirus
Glencruitten Golf Club Junior section was presented with a cheque for £1,200 to assist with coaching and equipment. Former junior member and golfing star Robert MacIntyre accepted the cheque on behalf of the club.
‘Although the situation we find ourselves in is unprecedented it is amazing how the People of Argyll, Bute and The Isles have pulled together in times of adversity,’ added Mr Small.
‘The Rotary Club of Oban stand ready and play their part.’
Mr Small added: ‘I would like to say a big thank you to the dedicated team at the Oban Times for doing such a great job in keeping us all informed and together during trying times of social isolation. With their efforts, socially isolated we certainly are not.
‘I hope that everyone stays safe and well and connected by our very special community.’