Ayr Poppy Appeal organiser bows out after 6 years
Area Organiser Geoff Barber has retired from the role after six years and is succeeded by Rotarian Paul Williams. Paul (pictured) has been heavily involved in the Appeal as a volunteer throughout the past five years and so is no stranger to the work. Please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary club of Ayr was approached by Poppy Scotland in 2010. The Poppy Appeal in Ayr was in difficulty, the Area Organiser was leaving and the number of volunteers had fallen. Over the years the Rotary Club, led by Rotarian Geoff Barber, has been successful in involving more and more local community organisations in the appeal. Those involved in 2015 were: the Army Cadet Force, Ayr Inner Wheel Club, The Lions Club of Ayr and Prestwick, the Sea Cadets, the Air Cadets, the Boys Brigade, St Columba Scouts and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There are also some individual volunteers. We are very keen to involve more community groups in this important charity work and all who might wish to become involved should make contact through the Rotary Club of Ayr website – www.rotaryclubofayr.org.
Sadly, in 2016, the Royal British Legion Ayr Branch were unable to continue with their very long-standing street collections.
With Poppy cans distributed to most Ayr businesses, schools, colleges, churches and hospitals, with collections at the supermarkets for two weeks and street collections on the two weekends before Remembrance Sunday it is hard for anybody to avoid making a donation.
Our club took over the organisation of the appeal in 2010 and made immediate improvements on the total collected in earlier years (never before had over £20,000 been raised by the Appeal in Ayr).
2014 stands out as a special year (it coincided with the 100 year anniversary celebrations of the Great War).