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The driving force of Rotary in Scotland!

Rotary in Scotland has been a driving force for good in 2023, raising over £22,000 in aid of our work!

We’re delighted to receive continued support and funds from Rotary Clubs in Scotland. While Rotary Rides for Prostate Cancer have been a big part of Rotary’s support of our work, we’ve really enjoyed collaborating with clubs on other activities.

This year, we’re a nominated beneficiary of Biggar Rotary Club’s Charity Film Screening Night in April and Eyemouth and District’s Cycling Sportive in September – read on for more news on these special events!

Rotary Activity for Prostate Scotland in 2023…

Perthshire Classic Car Tour 2023

Last April, we were generously supported for a second time by Perth Rotary’s Classic Car Tour. The event has become a popular fixture in the calendar of car enthusiasts in the UK. Drivers of stunningly restored vintage vehicles set off from McDiarmid Park, the home of St Johnstone FC in the morning. They arrived at Crieff Hydro Hotel mid afternoon in plenty of time for dinner and their awards ceremony amongst a fabulous display of classic cars. Members and supporters of the event raised an astonishing £30,000 in total, of which Prostate Scotland, Carers Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland each received £10,000. We loved working on this event with Perth Rotary, meeting the drivers from all corners of the UK, getting to know other charities, and even learned about classic cars!

This spectacular event takes place again on Sunday 21 April and you can join Perth Rotary in supporting MS Society Scotland, BEAT Scotland (helping young people with eating disorders) and Rotary nominated charities. If you’re a classic or vintage car driver, we highly recommend it! You can find out more and get in touch with Perth Rotary here.

A brilliant Bollywood Night!

South Queensferry Rotary

In May, South Queensferry and Kirkcaldy Rotary Clubs got together and took on an adventure of a different kind, hosting a colourful Bollywood Night! Guests were treated to an Indian buffet and tried out Bollywood dancing – raising £3,449.98!

Supporting Men’s Health Week in June

Alloa and Falkirk Rotary Clubs stepped in quickly to help us with a last minute opportunity for Men’s Health Week – a prostate awareness stand in Asda Falkirk! Volunteers from both clubs teamed up with our colleagues to run our stand in store, and we ran an awareness talk for Asda staff. Linlithgow Grange Rotary lent us their Golden Nail game and we were up and running with fundraising too! It was great to work with all the members and speak to customers and staff about our COMPASS support services in Forth Valley. We look forward to working with more Asda stores in Scotland.

Alloa and Falkirk Rotary

The 2023 Rotary Ride for Prostate Cancer

Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary held in their Cyclathon Challenge in April from which Prostate Buddies D & G and Prostate Scotland received donations. Setting up their bike in Tesco Dumfries, the cyclists took on a virtual Rotary Ride of 267.2 miles from there to Tesco Stranraer and back in 12 hours one Saturday in April – a hugely impressive result!

Crieff Rotary were out of the blocks in June, supporting us again with their local static bike ride. In August, Peebles and IWT (Innerleithen Walkerburn & Traquair) Clubs rode 50 miles from Peebles via Innerleithen, through The Granites to Clovenfords and back to Peebles. Another impressive achievement!

In September, the popular ‘Tour de Clacks‘ returned, run by Alloa Rotary. It’s a regular fundraising fixture which gets lots of the community together for good causes, with a great circular route around ‘The Wee County.’  Arbroath, Dunfermline Carnegie and West Fife Clubs rode again too, and through Carnegie’s new Noody Dook event, we received funds from other supporters! Carnegie is getting ready for the second Noody Dook at Silver Sands beach on 12 May – read more here!

Montrose Rotary

Also in September, Montrose Rotary teamed up with their local cycling club, Montvelo, and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. Their first Rotary Ride with three routes plus a static ride was an exciting and unique event for their community to join, with cyclists of all ages and abilities taking part.

Castle Douglas and Shetland Rotary’s fundraising plans were rained off, however, we’re very grateful that both clubs generously donated to our work.

A big thank you to all clubs for your donations and awareness raising – many of you have distributed prostate information in your local communities which is a big help to our work.

Coming up this year with Rotary in Scotland…

Biggar Little Cinema!

Rotary Club of Biggar run the wonderful community Biggar Little Cinema. We’re thrilled they’ve nominated us as the beneficiary of their charity film screening this year.

Join them on Saturday 27 April – tickets are now on sale. It’s a special screening of cinema classic Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, winner of 4 Oscars and 10 BAFTAs! Tickets are priced at £8, and all proceeds will be donated to Prostate Scotland. For more info and where to get tickets, head to Biggar Little Cinema.

Heymooth – Tae Hill and back!

Eyemouth Harbour

Rotary Club of Eyemouth & District welcome you to the Heymooth Tae Hill & Back. It’s their brilliant new charity cycling Sportif! It’s on Sunday 29 September and we’re a beneficiary charity along with Malawi Fruits. The two routes start in the beautiful and historical village of Eyemouth – locally known as Heymooth. There’s lots of information and you can join in the fun at Entry Central. You can be a Gowkie Cutter or a Mony Nutter – you choose!

We’ll keep in touch with Rotary Clubs as they make their plans to support our work. Watch our news pages and social media for updates on Rotary events!

A very very big thank you to Rotary for your ongoing support. It’s very much appreciated and we look forward to working with you this year.