This is a light-hearted video showing some of our Rotarians erecting a ShelterBox tent during our recent Primary School Quiz night.
However, there is a much more serious side to these shelters. A ShelterBox consists of a family size tent, thermal blankets, a water purification system, solar lights, tools and cooking utensils. These shelters are designed to be sent anywhere in the world where emergency accommodation is required. Our Rotary Club, together with local primary schools, has been involved in raising funds to purchase these boxes.
Congratulations to the team from Auchtergaven School, winning the Perth round of the Rotary Primary Schools Quiz.
14 teams from local schools took part, answering 10 rounds of questions at Glenearn Community Campus. It took a tie-break round to separate the top two teams! The winning team and the runners-up from Robert Douglas Memorial School went on to the next round of the competition at Stirling in April.
Our thanks went to all the teachers and families who supported the night.
We were delighted to hand over a cheque for £1000 to Brian Cowie from local charity CATH.
Churches Action for the Homeless supports, encourages and promotes the development and delivery of projects to relieve homelessness and poor housing, improve the conditions of life and generally aid the development of persons who are homeless in the Perth & Kinross area.
The funds raised were the result of a Ladies Afternoon Tea, held by the club just before Christmas in the Salutation Hotel. With a theme of Winter Wonderland, 148 ladies came along to an afternoon of entertainment and of course tea and cakes! The ladies enjoyed demonstrations on how to make canapés, floral decorations and cocktails. There was also a fashion show hosted by Phase Eight.
President Gail Mackay said, “We have to thank all the event sponsors and guests who made it such a fun afternoon. The noise levels were amazing and so I guess all the ladies had a great time!. We were delighted with the amount of money raised for this important local charity.” The Ladies Afternoon tea was such a success that we have promised to run another one in the future.
Alongside our fellow Rotarians in Perth’s other two clubs we took part in a programme of Mock Interviews across the three main secondary schools in Perth. The project is aimed at pupils who plan to leave school either to take their first step into work or further studies at Perth College. The idea is to give young people experience and advice on how to conduct their first real life job interviews.
We led the project at St John’s Academy. Eight Rotarians took part, five from our club. We worked with 19 pupils on the morning of 9 May, spending approximately 30 mins with each pupil, an immensely rewarding experience.
“It can always be hard to judge the impact, but let me assure you that they were talking about it afterwards and most of them were pleasantly surprised by the experience. I hope we can repeat it again.” - the Guidance Teacher co-ordinating the programme at the Academy.
This is the second year of the project and we, too, are keen to repeat the experience in 2018.
We equipped the Royal George Hotel with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
This device can make the difference between life and death for someone having a cardiac arrest. Time is critical in this condition, and many public buildings are being equipped with AEDs. Ideally they are used by people with instruction in the device, but they can be used successfully without training. This one will be kept at reception, where it will be available for vistors to the hotel and people nearby. Rotarian Ian Dargie, a first aid instructor, will be training Royal George staff and Rotarians to use it.
In the picture, Ian Dargie and President Gail Mackay present the defibrillator to hotelier Eddie Anderson.
Joined by over 115 ladies from Perth, the ‘Pearls and Prosecco’ afternoon tea at Huntingtower Hotel included a fashion catwalk show by Phase Eight which featured over 40 pieces from their autumn and winter collections.
During an afternoon of fun and fashion, we also heard from contemporary jewellers Number Five about the history of pearls, and from Lynn Urquhart from Debenhams about the magic of perfumes. After some gentle dance moves with Live Active Leisure, the afternoon finished with a headline demonstration by John Gillespie and his team on how to achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful hair.
We were very grateful to all of the businesses and individuals who supported our ladies event and helped us raise this great amount for charity.
In October we planted 5000 purple crocus corms. The Rotary Purple4Polio campaign has been planting crocuses across the country to raise awareness of our effort to eradicate polio.
The colour purple represents the purple dye used to mark the finger of each child in mass immunisation programs across the world.
Our crocuses went to Millenium Park in Kinnoull at a community event, the Walled Garden, several care homes, and a children's nursery. We were helped by residents and staff at the care homes, as well as community volunteers, and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.