Local Rotary Club’s record of success

Specs and phones initiative. From left, Don Clark, Danny Gentles and Mike Sowden.
Specs and phones initiative. From left, Don Clark, Danny Gentles and Mike Sowden.

In addition to the fifth AED announced on the front page, Arbroath Rotary Club have been extremely active in other areas recently.

In a “new life for old spectacles and mobile phones” initiative, members have once again demonstrated their commitment to alleviating poverty and suffering in the developing world.

Danny Gentles, the club’s international convener, said: “Our club has a good record of helping overseas projects and recently we chose to support two established international charities; Water Aid who work with local partners to deliver clean water and toilets and promote good hygiene and Vision Aid, an organisation dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries.

“We collected 33 ‘phones and 55 pairs of spectacles and they will soon be on their way helping to improve the eye care and to provide clean water and good sanitation in third world areas, particularly in Africa.”

Mr Gentles concluded by saying: “My thanks go to our club members and also to my employer, Ramsay and Chalmers, consulting structural and civil engineers, for their generosity and commitment to helping people who perhaps are not as fortunate as themselves.”

In other good news, the Variety Show recently put on by the club was a tremendous success. President David Miller said: “We have just been advised that the net proceeds from the event are £6145.18, a truly magnificent result.

“The club will now make arrangements to pass over money to the deserving causes which will include Ward 32, the cancer treatment ward at Ninewells.

“Once again I would like to thank everyone who helped put the show together and again I thank the community of Arbroath and the surrounding area who continue to support the activities of their local Rotary Club. Their support resulted in a full house at the Webster, ensuring a truly successful event.”

Talking about all these successes, Rotary Club press officer Tony Simpson told the Herald: “As a Rotary Club we are really trying to work with our community, The money we raise here is put back into the town and we try to be as visible as possible with our activities.”