Monday, 14 April 2008 00:00

Rotary Young Citizen

What a busy week again, but that’s the way we like it. We left for Blackpool on Thursday as Jenna had been awarded a Rotary Young Citizen award. This was held in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool with around 2500 rotarians present. Jenna along with another 2 individuals and 2 groups were each given an award, £500 for their chosen charity and the opportunity to be interviewed live for news 24. Thank you to all who were involved, Jenna had a lovely day and as we always say the reason that we do these things, is to increase the awareness and spread the word about Calums Cabin and Jenna sure did that at the weekend. Thank you. Last week, we were also in talks with entertainer and comedian Karen Dunbar, Duncan had had the pleasure of sitting beside her at the Lord Provosts Burns Supper in Glasgow, in January and had a throughly entertaining evening, anyway, we asked if she could perhaps come and do a one woman show for us, just like the one that she has been performing all over the country and in Austraila recently. This hopefully will be a great way for us to gain funds for Calums Cabin. We are hoping that she will be coming at the end of…
Wednesday, 09 April 2008 00:00

Ready Steady Cook!!!

Hope you all managed to see Calum’s Cabin receiving the £100 donation on Wednesday’s Ready Steady Cook. Thank you to Blythe for raising our profile and for donating her winnings. Planning permisssion, we hope will be finalised within the next few weeks and then it will be the turn of applying for a building warrant. Thank you to all who have come forward already offering their time and services. We will contact you once we need your help and experteese….. I promise. Again, as you all know there is a lot going on behind the scenes and although it might seem quite quiet and we aren’t moving fast just now, I reassure you a lot is going on. More fund raising nights are on the cards quite soon, will let you know once everything is finalised. Thank you again to all who are starting to organise events again, those who are beginning to run again, and have sponsorships, those who give instead of giving presents, those who donate monthly by standing order or those who donate daily by collecting can. Thank you all.
Sunday, 30 March 2008 00:00


Today saw the triathlon, it was a really good day albeit the weather was a wee bit dodgy at times, a worthy winner was found for Calums trophy. Thanks to all who had individual sponsorship, it is greatly appreciated. Sadly, our proposed second family won’t be coming just now, since the wee boy who isn’t well, has just lost his mum to cancer also, her funeral service was last week. Our thoughts are prayers go to them all. Thanks this week to individuals who have come forward again this year to match fund, this is a wonderful opportunity to double any income raised from fundraising. Thank you. Jenna as many of you might already know, has been nominated by the Rotary Club for one of their awards at their annual national conference, she has been awarded Young Citizen of the Year. We will give you more details after Jenna has been at the event. Thanks again to everyone.
Sunday, 23 March 2008 00:00


Thanks to everyone this week who helped organise the Whist Drive on Wednesday night, it was a huge success and raised £487.12. Sorry to anyone who felt that perhaps the beginners were a wee bit slow, but hey…. just wait until next year, we now have a year to practice and know what we are doing!!! Thanks also to all who are purchasing hats and jackets etc from the Bike Shed, not only are they keeping you warm but they are promoting the cause at the same time. This coming Sunday, a week today, 30th March, is the Isle of Bute Triathlon, with the winner receiving th Calum Speirs Award. This is a lovely trophy made of recycled glass, and is well worth all the hard work that you are all putting in, swimming,cycling and running. We will see you there. Hope you all had a nice Easter, and thanks to everyone for their kind wishes and donations to Calums Cabin.
Saturday, 15 March 2008 00:00

National Lottery!!

Months and months ago we applied to the National Lottery for funding, we now have confirmation that within the next few weeks we will been granted an award for £10,000. This is great and helps swell the fund. I have been writing many letters again this week, to a variety of organisations and other charities to see if again they can help us in any way, in regard to funding or with materials etc to build “Calum’s Cabin”. All the tickets are sold for the Whist Drive, so thanks to all who purchased, looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday night, it will be a good night I am sure, although anyone reading this who is really good at playing cards, please go easy on me!!! Our meeting last week with the BBC, John Bute and our architect went really well, thank you to all who got involved, it was freezing but very good!!!! Jenna has been approached by the Rotary Club to attend their annual conference in Blackpool, as she has been nominated for Young Rotarian of the Year. Well done Jen. This week, we also got very sad news, that one of our keen wee supporters, has become not well again. Katie is only 5 years old and was diagnosed at the…