Busy weekend for Portlethen Rotary

Catching the ducks
Catching the ducks

On Father’s Day (June 21), Portlethen & District Rotarians were participating in one of their busiest weekends of the year.

Throughout the country Rotarians cycled from club to club to raise funds for prostate cancer. Two representatives of the Portlethen & District club, Mary McLennan and Angela Craven were led by organiser and local Stonehaven farmer Donald Robertson as they cycled from the Newton Arms to the Stonehaven Rotary Club’s meeting place at the Station Hotel. This was Angela’s first event as a Rotarian, having only been inducted into the club on the previous Tuesday evening at the weekly meeting of the club in the Newton Arms.

Launching the ducks

Launching the ducks

On the previous afternoon at 4pm the club’s 1,200 yellow ducks took to the water and finally raced down the River Cowie in Stonehaven after two months of local ticket selling by the Rotarians. People who had bought a ticket, as well as some who hadn’t, came to watch the event from the road bridge over the River Cowie 4pm.

The ducks were tipped into the river at the footbridge up stream and the ducks then happily swam down to the main road bridge opposite the tennis courts, where the Stonehaven anglers helped club members to fish them out. None of the ducks escaped into the sea this year as in a previous year when one was sighted at Catterline two weeks later. The bi-annual Rotary Duck Race supports the main beneficiary CLAN as well as other local charities. The three lucky prize winning tickets went to subscribers from Cove, Stonehaven and Newtonhill and the thanks of the Rotary Club goes to Stonehaven Anglers and all who took part in the event, which raised £1,000.

A big thank you also goes to everyone who supported them in their efforts and donations are still coming in to the club. Hopefully both events will be repeated over the coming years and the club also hopes to raise more volunteers. Please keep in touch if you would like to join in the fun. An update of the amounts which were raised over the weekend and more photographs can be found on the Portlethen & District Club’s Facebook page.

For further details contact us at Portlethen & District Rotary Club on Facebook or call Robbie Middleton on 01569 730852