COWDENBEATH Rotary Club is delighted with the support it received during the 2019-2020 year from the public and business community.

Through donations of all sorts of money and items from the local public the rotarians were able to continue to help people at home and abroad.

The club’s assembly meeting heard that the work of the Cowdenbeath Club was helping people in India, Africa and other parts of the world.

International convener, Tom Russell, said that the support of the public was key to the success: “We have been able to send 2,000 pairs of refurbished spectacles to where they can give people the chance of good vision and to be able to do that we have to thank the people of the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area who have donated their used specs and also our opticians in the district who have been brilliant in supporting us.

“The Tools With A Mission project has also been one that has had great backing from the people of our area. Indeed, during the lockdown period people have been clearing out their sheds and I have had two calls from people who have a lot of old tools available for us to give to the Cowdenbeath base of TWAM where these will be refurbished and made ready to send abroad to where they will be well used.

“Our shoeboxes appeal was also given great backing and we were able to send several hundred boxes abroad at Christmas time to ensure deprived children would get a present.

“Clearly we will want to keep these projects going in 2020-2021 but it is only possible through the support we get.”

The club’s recruitment officer, Alex Cuthbertson, said that they had been delighted to get one new member and a second Corporate Member in Beath High School but to keep the club moving forward they needed to add at least one to their membership between now and the new year and more Corporate members would be another target.

Alex added: “If we can get another couple of members in each bracket that would be a big boost and hopefully we can achieve that.”

District 1010 Governor, Heather Stuart, took part in the meeting and told the Cowdenbeath club: “The passion and enthusiasm shown by you all is impressive and your aims for the new session is excellent despite the problems being presented by the coronavirus crisis.

“For a club of your size you certainly punch well above your weight.”