Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ballymoney.

 

 

 

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.

 

There are over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

 

There are some 58,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,845 clubs.

Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

 

John Flynn

Club President

Club Secretary:
Michael Fleming
mikalfling@googlemail.com

Ballymoney is a market town with approximately 9000 inhabitants, situated near the breathtaking Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. It has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland.

 

 

Tree of Remembrance Campaign December 2017

Rotary President John Flynn with Black Santa Liam Beckett MBE

Past President Dr Robert Barr with champion boxer Carl Frampton

We are seeking new members and supporters. We have fun working together and making things happen. We have a structure that focuses on action and positive results.

 

We are MEN and WOMEN of all ages who are keen to use our skills and resources to help others.

 

Together, we empower youth, improve health, promote peace and advance our communities in all corners of the globe. With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, our global communities’ impact has never been greater – and it continues to grow.

 

Our Club

We meet weekly at varied times and locations detailed on our website – www.ballymoneyrotary.org

We often have a speaker on topics relevant to our community.

 

We also have regular social activities including dinners, walks, trips to regional places of interest and theatre outings and golf.

 

Our Projects

We work on a number of projects relevant to our local or international communities. Over the years we have donated thousands of pounds to help support individuals and communities.

In the last 2 years we supported the following projects or organisations:

NSPCC Childline NI

Youth Leadership Development

Ballymoney Christians Against Poverty CAP

Go Uganda

Lend With Care Microfinance

Dervock Community Association Project

Rotary Foundation

Salvation Army

Dunloy Community Association Project

NI Childrens Hospice

St Vincent de Paul

Cloughmills Community Association Project

Ulster Cancer Foundation

Phoenix ADHD

Cloughmills Community Action Team

Cheers Youth Club

Causeway Older Active Strategic Team

Wave Trauma

Sports Ideals Zambia

Open Door Ballymoney

Samaritans

Youth Action NI

Just One Life Road Safety Programme

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Bee Heard Coleraine

African School Project Zimbabwe

Robinson Hospital Palliative Care Fund

Kids 4 School

 

Rotary Purple 4 Polio Eradication

Just One Life road safety event

 

Ballymoney Rotary Club sponsored a very successful Road

Safety Event ‘Just One Life’ on Wednesday 14th March 2018

and wishes to thank Dalriada School and staff for hosting this important event.  Approximately 280 pupils aged 16 years attended from Our Lady of Lourdes High, Ballymoney High and Dalriada Schools, accompanied by school principals and teachers. Causeway Coast and Glens Mayor Joan Baird and Mervyn Storey MLA attended and Mayor Joan emphasised the importance of learning road safety in her speech.

 

The ‘Just One Life’ Driver Awareness Programme for young

drivers is designed to emphasise the stark realities and often tragic results of inappropriate driving behaviours.

After an introduction by a Senior PSNI Inspector for

accident investigation, there was a dramatic outdoor demonstration showing a mock road accident scenario with a school pupil acting as driver illegally using a mobile phone whilst driving. Other pupils and a Rotarian acted as injured occupants, including one ‘fatality’.

 

A full commentary was provided as about 20 emergency services personnel from Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade arrived and set about safely extracting the injured occupants from the vehicle. The ‘driver’ was ‘arrested’ at the scene and had to undergo ‘breathalyser’ procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indoors, a courtroom drama was performed by members of the Rotary Club, PSNI Officer and the pupil actor arrested at the crash scene outlining the court proceedings that would follow from the mock accident witnessed outdoors. The audience was very seriously attentive to the possible outcomes that might follow in Court and ultimately Crown Court proceedings.

  

A panel from the Emergency Services then answered very well constructed questions from pupil representatives.  A very large proportion of accidents affect young people in 16-24 age group, particularly young male drivers. The main causes of road accidents are SPEED, INATTENTION, MOBILE PHONES, ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, and CARELESS DRIVING.

 

During the event there were 63 pairs of shoes displayed on the stage powerfully representing the number of lives lost on the road due to accidents in N Ireland during 2017.

 

Ballymoney Rotary Club would like to thank all those people who assisted in organising and contributing to this event: the three School Principals; teachers, caretaker, pupil ‘casualty victim’ actors; all the personnel from PSNI, Fire Service and Ambulance Service who took part in the outdoor mock accident event and also the important guests Mayor Joan Baird and Mervyn Storey MLA.

 

The overall aim of this event was to save JUST ONE LIFE.

 

Thursday 10 May saw a group of 100 people attend Ballymoney Rotary Club’s first Business Breakfast held in St Patrick’s Parish Centre in the town. Following a sumptuous breakfast the attendees were enthralled by a short talk delivered by Ken Belshaw, Founder and Director of Grafton Recruitment. He regaled the audience with stories from his early days in employment and the factors and indeed chance encounters leading up to the establishment and growth of Grafton Recruitment. He concluded by sharing a few key take-home messages useful to anyone dealing in an environment involving people.

During the presentation you could have heard a pin drop. The audience were left wanting more but sadly the daily pressures of the work place had to be acknowledged.

The event was hugely successful in terms of interest from the local business community. The fact that the event was generously sponsored by O’Neills Caravans meant that all the proceeds and donations received would be used by Ballymoney Rotary Club to support its numerous charities.

Business Breakfast - May 2018

Dragons were reported on the River Bann on Saturday 8th September 2018 or rather dragon boats as Ballymoney Rotary Club held its second annual Dragon Boats event. Television cameras were even there to record the reappearance of the dragons. BBC NI were there to record the participation of the Moycraig Young Farmers team as part of the BBC Home Ground rural affairs series.

Ballymoney Rotary Club Annual Dragon Boat Event

On what was a very successful day seventeen teams competed leading up to a successful final between the Roseyard Rockets and the Finvoy Young Farmers with Finvoy securing victory.

 

 

September 2018

The Rotary Club flower display at Meetinghouse Street, Ballymoney is looking well

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE 2018

After the event Ballymoney Rotary Club were pleased to report that similar to last year all the teams participating had raised over £5000 for a variety of charities.

 

 

 

Ballymoney Rotary Club is indebted to the many sponsors who ensured the success of the Dragon Boat event. These include Knockanboy Vets, Riada Vets, Bayview Hotel, John Steele Farm Supplies, Chestnutt Mills, DJM Robinson & Sons, O’Neill’s Caravan Sales and Distributors, Old Market Vans, Manor Architects, John W Pinkerton & Sons Solicitors, Greer Hamilton & Gailey Solicitors, Sam Moore, Indigo Jewellers, McAfee Properties, Dervock Community Group, Ballymoney Kyoujin BJJ, La Petite Baguette, Causeway Coast & Glens Council, Culbertson Music Coleraine,  Bryson Lagan Sports and BBC Home Ground – Below the Radar.

In addition to the above teams, also taking part in the event were Ballymoney Inner Wheel, the Samaritans, Christians Against Poverty, The Bravehearts, Ballymoney Kyoujin BJJ, Mossiders, Ballycastle Buccaneers, Kilraughts Young Farmers, Limavady Grammar, Payescape, JKC, John Laverty Opticians, Forge PT and Ballymoney Rotary Club. There was a wide variety of ages and backgrounds but everyone had one thing it common, they all had fun raising money for good causes.

Photo: Preparing for the event

Rotary International funding of over US$1.2 billion means that Poliomyelitis may soon become only the second disease ever to be totally eradicated following a worldwide vaccination campaign, smallpox being the only other fully eradicated disease.

 

In UK and Europe we take for granted the childhood Polio vaccination drops given to protect our children and general population. There are still many people in our communities who suffer from continuing lifelong disabilities due to Polio illness contracted mainly before the development of Polio vaccination in the late 1950’s.

 

In 1916 a single outbreak of Polio in New York City resulted in over 2,000 deaths. Rotary International commenced funding a worldwide vaccination programme in 1979. 30 years ago there were still 350,000 cases of Polio reported in 125 countries worldwide.

 

PRESENTLY there have been only 20 CASES of Polio infection reported last year in ONLY 3 COUNTRIES. This massive reduction has been due to the Global Polio Eradication Campaign sponsored by Rotary Clubs worldwide and assisted by the World Health Organisation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a major contribution to funding by promising to donate £2 for every £1 raised by our Clubs.

 

Ballymoney Rotary Club has made it one of their main targets this year to support the END POLIO NOW campaign. We wish to thank all those members of the public who have supported our fundraising projects so far this year.

 

BALLYMONEY ROTARY CLUB MARKS WORLD POLIO DAY 24TH OCTOBER 2018

 

Ballymoney Rotary Club recently held the local heat of this year’s annual Youth Leadership Development Competition. This competition rewards young people with clear leadership potential demonstrated by their extra-curricular activities and interview skills.

 Following an interview process locally, winners go through to regional heats and the final 24 successful students meet with local politicians and business leaders and travel to Dublin for further meetings with leaders before travelling to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to debate a variety of motions at Euroscola.

As always the standard was very high. The winner of this year’s local heat is Mark Crawford from Dalriada School and the runner up Lucy Mitchell from Ballymoney High School. Mark now goes through to the regional heat taking place in Coleraine later this month.

Ballymoney Rotary Club Youth Leadership Development Competition

Ballymoney winner Mark Crawford with John Flynn, President Rotary Club of Ballymoney

John Flynn, President Ballymoney Rotary Club, Audrey Shields, President of Ballymoney Inner Wheel, competition winner Mark Crawford, Nicola Johnston (Dalriada School),  Lucy Mitchell (runner up) and Richard Hargy, Ballymoney High School.

 

David McKeown of Ballymoney Rotary Club Presents a £500 Rotary Club cheque on behalf of the club to Gareth Barton, one of the transatlantic rowers who completed the arduous Talisker Atlantic Challenge.

In the Home to Portrush boat, 7 metres long and just under 2 metres wide, the four man team was the only Northern Ireland team to enter and complete the world’s toughest rowing race and completed it in a world record equalling time of 31 days, 8 hours and 57 minutes.

Rotary club members were delighted to be able to boost the funds  helping the rowers raise in excess of £30,000 to assist the RNLI, Willie’s Orphan Fund and Row for Ross.

Ballymoney Rotary Club boosts funds for to Home to Portrush charities

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