Carrick Gazette comment - Charity the winner in Carrick

This week we report on some of the wonderful fundraising activities people in Carrick have been involved in.

It never ceases to amaze how generous people in this area are of their time, taking part in events, some of which are not for the faint hearted, all in the name of charity.

One such event in the past week is the annual New Year Dip in Girvan.

And its hats off to the three hardy souls who took the bracing challenge on to raise money for Ayrshire Hospice - well done to everyone involved.

Also this week we report on the group of girls from Carrick Academy who took a trip to Peru to help out others less fortunate than themselves.

Of course it would have been easy for them to jet off to a Mediterranean beach somewhere and spend a couple of weeks in the sun, but these youngsters decided to give something back. And reading about their experiences on their trip with the Vine Trust it was something well worth doing.

And that’s not all, the Braw Maws team from NHS Ayrshire and Arran raised an incredible £1500 by taking part in the kiltwalk half marathon and Lorraine Gilchrist and the group of 11 children she childminds raised a tidy sum for Action for Children with their festive baking.

The New Year in Carrick brought with it some harsh weather resulting in some flooding in Girvan.

Perhaps we should count our blessings when hearing about the extreme weather gripping the United States this week. The harsh reality is that there is only so much action the authorities can take to prevent flooding. When persistent heavy rain is combined with sodden ground and high tides, there is always the risk of flooding.

The authorities must look again, however, at any and all methods of trying to prevent future floods. Even small 
actions that alleviate the situation are worth pursuing.