Local causes to benefit from Rotary cheques

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A NUMBER of local causes and organisations have benefited from thousands of pounds, after a cheque handover at last week’s meeting of Ellon Rotary Club.

The community grants were presented by the Rotary’s Community Service Committee, with the cheques handed over by Kenny Winton and President Bob Black to representatives of the organisations which had made applications.

The cash, raised by Ellon Rotary over the course of last year, amounted to £2,725. The town’s Christmas Lights fund received £500 towards maintenance costs, the Friends of McDonald Park £400 to improve the McDonald Monument, and the Red Cross shop received £75 for a new trolley.

Meanwhile, Auchterellon Under 5s received £250 towards internal improvements to their building, Ellon Talking Newspaper £500 to update their recording equipment, and Ellon Meadows FC £500 to fund the youngsters’ annual Barcelona Trip. The largest beneficiary was the Victoria Hall, which will benefit from £2000 towards new lighting and sound equipment.

Rotary spokesman Alan Gibson told the Times that the groups had been identified on the basis of need.

“We looked at the applications, and allocated money to good projects in need of a little bit of extra funding,” he said.