The Rotary Club of Oban donated a £2,500 cheque to Mary’s Meals raised by a concert with the Audley Male Voice Choir in St John’s Cathedral in October. The choir, from Staffordshire, were joined by the Sequence Ladies Choir from Oban, pipers from Oban High School Pipe Band, and the Young Rotary Musician of the Year, flautist Katie Houston.
The Argyll charity’s community ambassador Bill Clifford said: ‘Any donation is being doubled, so it becomes £5,000. That will keep around 370 children in school for a year.’ By providing a daily meal in schools in the world’s poorest countries, Mary’s Meals attracts children into the classroom where they receive an education, which can set them free from poverty in later life. Currently every gift given to Mary’s Meals between November 1 and December 3, 2017 will be matched by ‘three amazing donors’ up to a total of £1.9m. Mr Clifford added: ‘We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Oban, the choirs, the pipe band and Katie Houston. It was an enjoyable afternoon. It will do a lot of good.
The Oban Rotary Am-Am raised a record sum of £725.10 from the raffle and once again this was passed to Mary's Meals, the well established local charity which provides meals for under privileged and disadvantaged children in Africa and some East European countries. Although based in Dalmally, Mary's Meals has brought world wide recognition to the Oban area through it's premises in Stevenson Street which enjoys a huge throughput of traffic.
Oban Rotary President Graham Fraser is seen here presenting the funds to local office manager Marie Rowan. Also in the picture is Mary's Meals volunteer Maureen Drummond and Am- Am Convener David Mudie.