Busy summer for Stornoway Rotary Club

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It’s a been a busy summer of fundraising for the Rotary Club of Stornoway and The Nicolson Institute Interact Club with the annual Swimarathon, and new in 2015, the Bike for Life event, proving most successful.

Established in April 1959, Stornoway Rotary Club is one of the 77 Clubs which make up Scotland District 1010 – and one of the 29,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, boasting a membership of at least 1.2 million Rotarians!

Over its lifetime, the Stornoway Rotary Club has been involved in, funded, and organised a plethora of fundraising events for local charities, as well as concentrating on national and international undertakings as part of Rotary International.

And since the establishment of The Nicolson Institute Interact Club three years ago, the 40 school pupil members have helped inject a new enthusiasm into the work of both Clubs.

Rotary Club of Stornoway President, Claire Macleod, commented: “Stornoway Rotary members are fully committed to supporting our communities locally, nationally and internationally. We are also delighted to be able to partner with our local Interact Club at The Nicolson Institute in all that we do.

“It’s been encouraging for us all to be able to raise money for two amazing charities – End Polio Now, which sees us partnering on a global level to work towards the eradication of Polio; and Prostate Cancer Scotland, supporting men and their families affected by this cancer.”

Claire added: “We would like to thank all in our local community who continue to support us in all our events.”

That support came on Saturday, February 21st, when the first part of the Club’s annual Swimarathon took place, with part two finalising the event on Saturday June 27th.

A total of 1,000 lengths of the Ionad Spors Leodhais were swam, with teams from Stornoway Rotary Club, The Nicolson Interact Club, Stornoway Football Club and the St Kilda Swimmers taking part to join Clubs around the world in the Global 2015 Swimarathon.

And although the total raised is still to be announced, all monies raised locally are match funded by regional Rotary funds before then being matched five-fold by the Gates Foundation; meaning a small contribution locally will make a big contribution where it is needed most to help eradicate Polio.

Rotary International marks 30 years involvement in the fight against Polio as, in February 1985, then International President Dr. Carlos Canseco announced the commitment of Rotary to help control Polio worldwide.

And it’s a task that finally seems to be paying off as from February 2015, 99% of the world’s population lives in regions certified as Polio free, and Africa has had no free cases of wild poliovirus in the last six months!

New to Stornoway Rotary Club’s event calendar this year was the first Bike for Life event, organised to raise funds for Prostate Scotland and which took place on June 20th.

Part of the national Rotary Cycle taking place on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21st), the Stornoway event was wonderfully opened by The Nicolson Institute’s Marching and Pipe Bands, and saw over 40 people cycle 500 miles on five static bikes, kindly loaned by Ionad Spors Eilean na Hearadh, set up in Perceval Square.

It proved a great day – with some sunshine even! – and raised a total of £500 to be donated to Prostate Cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common in men in Scotland, with one in eleven men likely to develop it. Over the past 20 years however, the number of men surviving Prostate cancer has doubled – and funds raised during events like the Bike for Life can only help make even more survivors in the future.

If you would like to find out more about the Rotary Club of Stornoway and The Nicolson Institute Interact Club, please visit www.stornowayrotary.org.

Pictured is the Bike for Life event.