Feb 10 2012 by Jennifer Buchanan, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
THEY’RE all smiles at the Rotary Club of Ayr, and rightly so.
For the 2011 Poppy Appeal in Ayr raised a staggering £35,000.
And the figure has broken all the previously held records for the area.
It is a 27 per cent increase from the year before, and a massive 71 per cent higher than the best ever total before Ayr Rotary took over the organisation of the appeal.
The Rotary Club of Ayr took over the reigns for the town’s campaign in 2010.
And since then, the hardworking group along with many other organisations in the area, have seen it go from success to success.
The Rotary club, the Lions Club of Ayr and Prestwick, the Inner Wheel Club of Ayr and the Army Cadets all joined forces in the 2011 appeal.
And the cadets started the trend by smashing last year’s total.
For the caring teens collected more than £4000 from generous members of the public on Poppy Saturday while they walked around the town centre with collection tins.
Meanwhile hardworking members of the Rotary and Inner Wheel were poised at the doors of supermarkets across the town on the run up to Remembrance Day.
And the public donated in their thousands.
But despite the great response from the people of Ayr, the Rotary never imagined it would be such a success.
Geoff Barber is a member of the Rotary Club of Ayr and is area organiser for Poppy Scotland.
And he is amazed and delighted at the impressive total, which is exactly £34,781.85.
He said: “This is a tremendous result and a tribute to the hard work of all involved and the amazing generosity of the people of Ayr.
“Improving on the 2011 result in 2012 will be quite a challenge.”