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Rotary Elgin donates more than £15,000 to local causes

By Jonathan Clark

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Elgin Rotary Club's Margaret Stenton...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin Rotary Club's Margaret Stenton...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

ROTARY Elgin has distributed more than £15,000 to a number of local causes since the start of the year.

Fundraising activities have been curtailed due to lockdown but that hasn't stopped Elgin Rotary and its members raising and donating cash to worthy local causes.

At a recent business meeting, approval was given to distribute £8350 to organisations including Moray Women's Aid, Lossiemouth Community Trust, Moray Emergency Relief Fund and the local Marie Curie branch.

Earlier in the year, SAMH, Alzheimers Scotland and Moray Wellness Centre all received £1680 through funds generated from Christmas collections.

And, with group meetings taking place via Zoom video conferencing instead of in person during lockdown, many members have personally donated money they would have spent on their lunch-time meals to Moray Food Plus.

This has seen £3500 raised for Moray's local food bank.

Mairi McCallum, from Moray Food Plus, said: "We greatly appreciate the ongoing support we have received from Rotary Elgin during this difficult time.

"Demand for our service has never been higher and this funding ensures our stock levels are maintained and we can continue to meet demand moving forward.

"We anticipate the coronavirus crisis will have a lasting impact and the need for food support will be greater than ever."

In addition to the money distributed locally, Elgin Rotary has raised around £14,000 for overseas projects and rotary charities, while Rotaract, the group's youth project, recently raised £650 for Cash For Kids with a virtual night at the musicals.

Margaret Stenton, who is moving into her last few days as Elgin Rotary's president, said: “It's an amazing amount of money to make.

Elgin Rotary Club's Margaret Stenton...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin Rotary Club's Margaret Stenton...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

"The mental health charities are going to need more support now than ever – but we decided to donate to them way before the coronavirus crisis. It's funny how things have worked out.

"Part of the money also went to our End Polio Now campaign sand the Rotary Foundation.

"The work Rotaract have done often goes under the radar – but they normally raised £4000 with their night at the musicals and have made hundreds this year doing it on Facebook."

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