Rotarians are “hugely grateful”

Bag packers: Rotarians David Allan, Ernie Jamieson, Paul Gilfillan and John Stephen, with customers and Co-op staff pack bags at the Aboyne Co-Op.
Bag packers: Rotarians David Allan, Ernie Jamieson, Paul Gilfillan and John Stephen, with customers and Co-op staff pack bags at the Aboyne Co-Op.

The Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside have said they are “hugely grateful” to local people for helping them to raise funds for people in need.

As part of this effort the Aboyne Co-op allowed the Rotarians to offer bag packing to shoppers in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

On the 21 December the store’s customers generously donated over £800.

The same service was offered on Hogmanay and, at the time of going to press the Co-op customers were, again, donating generously.

In Ballater on Christmas Eve the Rotarians organised a ‘Line of Silver’ collection and local people and visitors gave freely – donating a record total of £320.

The Rotary Club, as all Rotary Clubs throughout the UK and around the world, exists to serve their communities.

This year the guiding theme of the Club has been to support young people and has included sponsorship of educational and personal development and sport, some in conjunction with Aboyne Academy and local primary schools.

The Club also sponsors education in India through Project Mala, and basic nutrition for school children in Africa through the charity ‘Mary’s Meals’.

The Rotary Club would like to thank local people for all the support they have given over the last year to help others. Anyone who would like to know more about the work of the Club is welcome to contact Mike Powell on: 013398 86369 or mike.powell21@tiscali.co.uk or go onto the Rotary website at www.ribi.org.

The Rotarians of Aboyne and Upper Deeside wish everyone a healthy and prosperous year for 2013.