Rotary club youngsters praised

Sean Kelly, Joshua Russell and Gerard Shaw of the Army Cadet Force who helped out the Rotary Club.
Sean Kelly, Joshua Russell and Gerard Shaw of the Army Cadet Force who helped out the Rotary Club.

Two young groups have been praised by the Girvan Rotary Club for their work done over the festive period with the Rotary Club’s Santa’s sleigh.

The Girvan Army Cadet Force and youngsters from Girvan’s Z1 youth bar helped out in horrific conditions on a Wednesday night in December to ensure that young people in Girvan and Dailly got a chance to see Santa’s sleigh.

The night was in doubt of going ahead to the torrential rain and high winds, but the youngsters were determined to carry out their duties so off the rotary club went with their hardy band of volunteers.

The Army Cadet Force is a uniformed organisation for 12 to 18 year olds is attached to the West Lowland Battalion ACF which has 34 detachments throughout Ayrshire & Arran, Renfrewshire & Inverclyde and Dumfries & Galloway.

The detachment in Girvan, traditionally badged to the Ayrshire Yeomanry, is part of Inkerman Company which covers the “southern half” of Ayrshire.

Girvan detachment has a Cadet Hall off the Car Park in Plum Square, and parades every Tuesday evening between 7-30pm and 9-30pm, with around 15 local cadets attending each and every week. The Detachment Commander is Sergeant Ruth Barclay-Paterson.

Girvan Youth Trust leaders Bill Logan and Heather McCafferty helped out on the night along with their group of youngsters who were helping out as part of their ‘And Beyond Project’.

The And Beyond Project is The Project employs two part time Co-ordinators (Heather McCafferty & Terri Bell) to manage and direct the project. Girvan Youth Trust is currently working with team 4, which is the last team of young people with the project being due to finish April 2014.

Beyonders receive constant support throughout their 5 month contract with weekly team meetings and regular line managements. Upon successful completion each Beyonder becomes eligible for a gratuity award of between £750 and £1,000.

The Rotary team would like to thank the two groups for coming out on such a horrible night to help them in their cause.