THE RoTARY CLUB of Strathendrick’s 15th annual amateur golf tournament is on Saturday, August 11 at the Shian Golf Club, Balfron.
This popular event has become a main source of funds for charity during the year, it has raised over £100,000 since it first started.
With other events, including the classic car tour each April, a duck race held in conjunction with the Fintry Fling, and an occasional bridge evening, Strathendrick gave £15,000 to good causes last year.
The club supported the following international charities - Water Aid, Shelter Box, East Africa Crisis Relief and End Polio Now, national charities - CHAS (Children’s Hospice), Bobath (Scotland), Mary’s Meals, Combat Stress and the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and local charities - Strathcarron Hospice, Crossroads, Abbeyfield and Strathblane & Strathendrick Welfare Fund.
The club also helped young people who are showing initiative and enterprise, including some who taught English in rural schools in China and remote areas of Southern India, worked in a special-needs school in Fiji and an outdoor centre in Malaysia and with disabled children in New York.
Each year the club sponsors a pupil from Balfron High School to go to the European Parliament in Strasbourg for a week (Euroscholar) and next year the club will help 16 pupils from Balfron who are going to the Himalayas to help locals grow their own food.
Various other local groups and organisations have been assisted such as Drymen Guides, Ballinkinrain School - to maintain their cycle track, shirts were provided for a junior rugby team and funds were given to Strathblane Primary School Pop Lacrosse team to attend the British Championships in London in June.
Rotarian Allan Watson said: “We are not just about fundraising and donating money. Each year we organise a primary school quiz, with a competition enthusiastically entered by almost every primary school in the area - the winner progresses to a district final.
“We built, and will reinstall, the cairn at top of Dumgoyne with all the sights on the distant skyline and we set up a patient transport service for the area in conjunction with the local health centres.
“We are pleased to work closely with the local community and try to live up to the Rotary motto ‘Service above self’”
For more information go to one of the weekly meetings – 6.30pm for 7pm at the Black Bull, Killearn.