The Rotary Club of Oban President, Kees van Rein, along with Junior Vice President, Ciorsti Baxter, hand over a cheque for £1000 to the Friends of Oban Hospice stalwarts Catherine MacKechnie and Mary Black, to assist with postage and printing for this years Light Up a Life Book of Remembrance. The cheque came from monies raised at the Oban Rotary Club annual Duck Race, organised earlier this year by Junior Vice President Ciorsti and the Rotary Club Duck Race Committee.
The Friends of Oban Hospice are the fund raising arm of Oban Hospice Ltd who run the Dove Centre in Stevenson Street. This is the 17th year that they have participated in the world wide Light Up a Life event.
This year also sees a new initiative starting up at the Dove Centre called “Cairdeas” or “friendship” in Gaelic which will offer befriending and support services for our Community.
President Kees said “ The Rotary Club of Oban are very proud to support everything that is done through the Dove Centre and to help as much as possible to assist the Friends of Oban Hospice with their huge fundraising efforts. Very well done to all concerned it’s a fantastic thing you do". We look forward to hearing how the new Cairdeas Initiative is progressing.
The Friends of Oban Hospice, which is the fund raising arm of the local Hospice Movement, puts on each year "Light up a Life", the organisations chief fund raiser. This involves people in the Oban community being invited to remember a loved one who has gone before by way of a donation in return for the name(s) of the loved one(s) being recorded in a special book which is available for viewing throughout the year at The Dove Centre. The remembrance is also celebrated at an evening at the Corran Halls - this year on 11th December at 7.30pm - against a background of music, singing and appropriate readings.
A total of 8,370 subscription forms have been sent out for this year's event and the cost of printing the forms, the envelopes and the posting thereof has been covered to the extent of £1,000 by the Rotary Club of Oban. Oban Rotary President Iain Mac Intyre , who is also Chairman of "The Friends", is seen here receiving the cheque from Rotary Secretary David Finlayson with other Rotarians and members of "The Friends" also present.
The Rotary Club of Oban through its fund raising remains committed to supporting local initiatives.