Poppy Scotland 2023

President Adam and his fiancée Beth attended the official launch of the 2023 Poppy Appeal at Holyrood on behalf of the Club on 25th October. This was followed by a visit from Robert Macrae of Poppy Scotland who reminded us of the good work of the charity, and the contribution Renfrew Rotary have made over the years.

The Club continued its’ yearly success of raising as much money and awareness as possible for the Appeal. Club members, family and friends manned buckets at a wide variety of locations which included: Braehead Shopping Centre, Sainsburys, Tesco, Aldi and, of course, Ibrox Stadium. More than 50 volunteers gave up a total of 300 hours of their time to help the Appeal over a period of 16 days. Special thanks go to Mac De Souza and Gary Louttit who organise and prepare these collections on behalf of the club every year and take time to collect all the static tins afterwards. Without them, our contribution towards the Appeal simply wouldn’t be possible.

Thanks also go to those who painted over 400 poppy rocks and knitted 450 poppies, all of which were sold with 100% of the proceeds going towards PoppyScotland. From the initial counts of donations, it looks likely that this year’s Appeal has been one of the most successful we’ve had for many years.

Alzheimer Scotland Collections

For World Alzheimers Day, on Thursday 21st September, club members and some friends of the club, carried out a bucket collection at Braehead and raised £683. Josh, Janice and Kat from AS were also on hand to show a selection of useful gadgets which make suffferers lives a little bit easier. We also had the ladies of the Rock Choir entertaining shoppers and they certainly attracted a lot of attention to our Stall.

A second collection for Alzheimer Scotland was carried out at St Mirren Park on Saturday 23rd September when £939 was raised.

Libya and Morocco Disaster Appeal Collections

In partnership with British Red Cross, the Club carried out a bucket collection at Braehead Shopping Mall on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September to raise funds for the Disaster Appeals helping the people of Libya and Morocco after the devastating floods and earthquakes which have taken so many lives in those countries and left many more homeless. Over the 2 days we managed to raise a total of £820.

Thanks also go to our friends Angela from Barrhead Rotary and Susan from Erskine Rotary who helped us with the collections.

Barrhead Rotary Quiz Night

On Saturday 9th September, a couple of teams from our Club attended the Rotary Club of Barrhead’s Quiz Night. A great night was had by all who attended, Neither of our teams won in the end but over £600 was raised for local charities. Photographs by Bob Flynn.

Adam’s Zipslide for Poppy Scotland

On Sunday 10th September, President Adam bravely throw himself off a 100 foot high crane and rocketed over 1,000 feet across the River Clyde in an effort to raise funds for Poppy Scotland. Due to the generosity of Rotarians, friends and family, just under £900 was raised in the end. Well done Adam!

As the pictures show, he wasn’t overly nervous in the circumstances and even seemed to enjoy the experience.

Gardening

In August a number of our members spent an afternoon working in the garden of Renfrew Nursing Home, tidying up some of the flower beds and planters, while removing some unused outbuildings. We will go back later in the year to paint some of the garden benches and chairs and planters.

Also, in August, a few members and former members spent a few hours helping one of our former members Eddie Williams in his garden. The hard work was rewarded by some great rolls and sausage and coffee provided by June!

PoppyScotland 2022

This year we had a very successful Poppy collection at Braehead from 27th October until 29th October 2022. Yet again I am so grateful to Lydia Brown of Braehead for accommodating us. 

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th were probably most busiest days of the whole Poppy Appeal as we were in Braehead, Marks and Spencer’s, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. Thanks to Gary’s military style planning it went through seamlessly. From 30th October until 10th November we had a tabletop collection at Sainsbury’s Braehead. In between on 9th November we had our Ibrox collection this was very challenging collection as this was our very first mid week evening collection, the evening was very wet and cold, we were not allowed to collect inside the stadium but outside in the most harrowing conditions. Despite all our collectors who donned Poppy tabards The fans missed us as they were seeking shelter of stadium from the rain, needless to say this was our poorest collection. On Saturday 5th we had a collection at Aldi Renfrew. 

Yet again The Rotary Club of Renfrew members, their friends and loyal volunteers proved the fantastic teamwork. 

On behalf of Poppy Scotland and our Veterans, Renfrew Rotary members and the loyal supporters would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, to make this appeal a success. 

So far we have deposited £24,256.85 

Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

Renfrew Rotary with the kind support of the management at Braehead Shopping Mall, Rotarians and family members manned 2 entrances at the Mall with our buckets ( kindly provided by British Red Cross) on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February.

We were able to raise a total of £3,000 for the Appeal and this has been passed to the British Red Cross to go towards the DEC Appeal.

Charity Race Night

President Marion welcomed everyone to the evening and very soon MC Lennie was introducing the program and race format to an eager crowd.

The “bookies” were expertly trained by Lennie just before the guests began to arrive. I was impressed by Iain’s dedication as he left his companies night out – mind you it may have been a better night without the boss!?!

Races 1 – 5 were over surprisingly quickly.

A game of stand up BINGO was organised to fill in time for the Buffet to get set up. I’m sure there was nothing MC Lennie would have wanted other than present the prize to the winner but there was a lack of “listening ears” as teacher says and after checking 6 or so “winners cards” the prize was put into the raffle!

With a healthy number of attendees and a great feel about the night it looked like we would hit our target in support of Rotary Foundation (£1000.00), and local Charity ENABLE Renfrew (£500.00)
The total at the time of writing is £1546.77 with a trickle of money still finding its way into the Good Causes account.
Without the support of the 60 or so people there and the 30 that donated raffle prizes and bought the dodgy horses! We would not have had such a “Like the old days” feel about the function.
Thanks has to be aimed at the workers behind the scenes, the ever attentive bar staff and all kitchen and waiting staff of Ralston Golf Club without whom the event would less memorable.

Finding Your feet

It’s hard to believe that Renfrew Rotary Club in the form of Community and Vocational have been supporting the Paisley based Charity founded by Corrine Hutton since November 2019 – over 3 years now.

Initially it seemed that we would never get involved due to the Covid pandemic when we were laying the ground work to enable us to supply transport to get the amputees to and from appointments, gyms, swimming, days out, and social events at the Hub in St James Street in Paisley. Like Topsey it has just grown in size and complexity. We are now on the verge of driving buses to take bigger numbers on outings.

You never know what is going to happen next at the hub! Twice a week they put on a social event with tea, coffee, biscuits, and baked goods Ampu – Teas – where there are handy craft demonstrations, competitions, and a couple of barbers donate their time to give free haircuts – gardening projects, quizzes, darts, fencing with epees, sabers, and scimitars. (I’m just wondering how the Troopers as they are called lost their limbs Might it be a cover story?) and all sorts of handy crafts.
At the rear of the hub there are Railway arches which are being transformed into a beautiful Urban garden oasis. Where staff and Troopers can sit and relax. They even have one of the arches designated as a stress relieving Crockery smashing alley. Local graffiti artists have added their colourful touches to all of the 12 arches. Volunteers have built pallet furniture, deep beds, large planters, and cleared the derelict site. This project is impressive in the drive of the staff , volunteers and the enthusiasm and determination shown by the founder Corrine Hutton.Looking forward to the years ahead to see where FYF leads on from here!

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