On Wednesday 2nd March 2016 the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney was the
venue for the ‘Just One Life’ event organised by the The Rotary Club of Ballymoney.
300 pupils aged 16 years attended from Our Lady of Lourdes High, Ballymoney High
and Dalriada Schools, accompanied by School Principals and teachers. Other attending
guests included Mayor Michelle Knight-McQuillan and Councillor Ian Stevenson from
Causeway Coast and Glens Council; Past District Governor for Rotary in Ireland, Philip
Beggs; and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, the Road Safety Committee
and Inner Wheel Club.
The programme aims to emphasise the stark realities and often tragic results of inappropriate
driving behaviours. The event included an outdoor demonstration showing a mock road
accident scenario with three school pupils acting as injured occupants, including
one ‘fatality’. A full commentary was provided as Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade
arrived and set about safely extracting the injured occupants from the vehicle. The
driver was breathalysed at the scene by the Police.
Indoors after the demonstration the pupils and guests listened to challenging presentations
from representatives of the Emergency Services. The overall aim of this event was
to save JUST ONE LIFE.
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.
Ballymoney Rotary plant 5,000 purple crocuses to celebrate World Polio Day
OnMonday 24th October 2015 Ballymoney Rotary joined with Ballymoney & District Gardening
Club, U3A & Inner Wheel and planted 5,000 purple crocuses to celebrate World Polio
Day at the verge adjacent to St. James, Newbridge & Portrush Road.
Richard Orr, President of Ballymoney Rotary Club said "For over 30 years Rotary has
been working hard to rid the world of polio. We are closer than ever to wiping out
this terrible disease that can kill or severely disable children".
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio,
with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who
has been immunised. Rotary clubs in the Great Britain & Ireland will be planting
over six million purple crocuses this year as part of it's Purple4Polio partnership
project with the Royal Horticultural Society.
On Saturday 11th June 2016 Over 20 members of Ballymoney Rotary returned to Rathlin
Island this Saturday to visit the RSBP puffins, East Lighthouse, Mckegs pub for lunch
and walk the island.
The weather was a bit damp to start with but cleared up later in the day. A great
time was had by all.
Mayor, Councillor Joan Baird presented the Rotary Club “300” Cash Awards to local
& community groups on Wednesday 21st at St. Patricks Old School House. This was her
first official visit to Ballymoney.
Richard Orr, President of the club stated “I am delighted that Joan was able to attend
and hear about what is happening in our community. The awards reflect the generosity
of the people of Ballymoney who funded this new project from donation’s at our Charity
Breakfast. We want to make a difference to our local community by supporting local
The mayor congratulated groups from Ballymoney, Cloughmills, Dunloy & Dervock on
their awards and the important work they do in their communities.
The Community “300” Cash Awards is a new project for the Rotary Club of Ballymoney.
We invited local community groups to apply for a small grant of up to £300 that would
help support new and existing projects in their community.This was funded from donations
from our charity breakfast earlier this year. The aim is to support community based
projects that demonstrate a real benefit to our community.
This year we are able to donate nearly £2,000 in total to the following:
Cloughmills Community Action Team “John Muir Award”
This will help 8 young people of mixed religions take part in the John Muir Award
which is a recognised award across the UK. It will be delivered on site to a new
intake of young people not previously involved in their activities
Dunloy Development Association “Active G3 Lunching Together”
This will help expand their luncheon club which provides older people with a healthy
meal and reduces loneliness
Cloughmills Golden Oldies “Tastes better eating together”
They provide opportunity for personal and social development for older people. The
award will go towards covering the cost of food for dinners in July & August
Cheers Youth Centre “25th Anniversary
Cheers seeks to engage with local young people enabling them to make better life
choices. This is their 25th anniversary. The award will go towards continuing existing
Ballymoney CAP (Christians Against Poverty) “CAP Lifeskills”
CAP provides free debt advice and counselling for clients who find themselves in
financial distress. The award will go towards CAP Lifeskills, an 8 week programme
teaching how to manage and make the best of peoples finances.
Dervock & District Community Association “Patching up Community Partnerships”
This award will help target under represented, marginalised people (women & youth)
by facilitating workshops, talks/discussion groups.
Whizz kidz “ NI Ambassador Club”
This is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of disabled children and their
families in local communities. The have groups in Belfast and Derry. The award will
be used to facilitate an awareness meeting in the Ballymoney area.
Our Rotary Club supports a number of local and international communities in a number
of different ways and a donation was also presented to St Vincent de Paul.
Our next major fundraising project will be our Dragon Boat Challenge on 9th September
Ballymoney Rotary Community “300” Cash Awards
Presentation of Awards 21st June 2017
Richard Orr (immediate past president) of Ballymoney Rotary Club presents David McKeown
with a sponsorship cheque for Coleraine and District Samaritans. David is taking
part in the Prudential Ride London 100, the cycling equivalent of the London Marathon
at the end of July.
He is raising much needed funds to help Coleraine Samaritans continue to deliver
their service. More details about Samaritans and David’s bike ride can be seen at
Picture L-R Jimmy Dunlop, John Flynn (President), David McKeown, Richard Orr (immediate
Rotary Scholar Kristina McLaughlin visited our club on Wednesday 26th July 2017.
The members enjoyed hearing about Kristina’s experiences as a Rotary Scholar. Kristina
enjoyed her visit to Dunluce Castle accompanied by President John Flynn and past
presidents John McMenamin & Dr Robbie Barr
Ballymoney Rotary Club hosted a successful Dragon Boat event at Drumaheglis Marina
on Saturday 9th September. Twelve teams competed, having great fun while raising
funds for their own organisations and other charities.
Making up the 220 participants were Ballymoney Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs (fundraising
for Marie Curie & Robinson Palliative Care), Limavady Grammar School (fundraising
for school charities), JKC Specialist Cars Ltd (fundraising for Rotary Charities),
Stick your Oar In (John Laverty Optometrists fundraising for Marie Curie), The Hallions
(fundraising for Macmillan Support), Mosside Mariners (fundraising for Mosside BB),
Payescape Payroll Services (fundraising for Autism UK), Kilraughts YFC (fundraising
for Young Farmers Club funds), Roseyards BB & GB (fundraising for BB & GB) , Moycraig
YFC,(fundraising for Young Farmers Club funds), Millstranded (Millstrand Primary
School Portstewart fundraising for Cancer Fund for Children) and Ramsay’s Reivers
plus Ballycastle Bounty (Ballycastle Rotary Club fundraising for Rotary charities).
Each team raced twice to begin with, the fastest teams proceeding to the semi-finals
and the final. The Hallions were the worthy overall winners but the real winners
were the many charities that benefited from the event.
There were lots of activities at Drumaheglis to make the event a family day out including
a bouncy castle, kick and stick football, sumo wrestling and horseshoe throwing.
Liam Beckett was the commentator and kept the crowd amused with his hilarious asides
and throwaway remarks. The weather was not kind on the day and some people at the
marina ended up nearly as wet as those on the water but it proved to be a very enjoyable
day out for the crowd of approximately 450 people who attended and there was plenty
of food and hot drinks to revive competitors and spectators alike.
The thought of 16 or 18 people hurtling along the River Bann in a narrow dragon boat
might seem daunting but Bryson Lagan Sports are well experienced in ensuring that
it is safe and enjoyable – an exhilaring experience. Alan & Nicola White from Roseyards
BB and GB deemed it to be great craic and thoroughly enjoyable with Nicola adding
it was better fun than she thought it would be.
Young Farmer Mark McAllister commented that he thoroughly enjoyed the great charity
event which brought the community together while Gary Thompson from the Hallions
thought that it was well organised, a good day out.
The event would not have been possible without the dedicated voluntary support of
commentator Liam Beckett and the following generous sponsors: Steele Farm Supplies,
John Laverty Optometrists, John McElderry M&T Ltd., Basil Knipe Electrics, Knockanboy
Veterinary Clinic Dervock, David Christie & Son, Agricultural Merchants, DJM Robinson
& Son, Funeral Services, Culcrum, O'Neill's Caravan Sales & Distributors Limited,
Portstewart and Indigo Jewellers Ballycastle. Other sponsors were R. Robinson & Son,
architects and civil engineers, McAfee Properties, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough
Council, Chestnutt Animal Feeds Ltd, Signs NI, Cromore Castles, John W. Pinkerton
and Son. Their support proved invaluable.
John Flynn, President of event organisers Ballymoney Rotary Club, was delighted with
the support from the local community and pleased that the funds raised by the event
will make a difference to many lives. The event at Drumaheglis was the brainchild
of Rotarian David McKeown and Rotarian Richard Orr and a willing team of fellow Rotarians
saw that dream turn into reality.
Ballymoney Rotary Club has 37 members from all walks of life both male and female
who come together in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship dedicated to making the
world a better place. The club has a commitment to support projects and charities
that help those in need both in the local community and further afield. The club
meet most Wednesdays, 1pm at the Old School House, St. Patrick’s Church, Victoria
Street, Ballymoney with some breakfast and evening meetings. If you think you are
inspired to join our happy band of volunteers speak to one of our members, check
out our website at www.ballymoneyrotary.org or telephone 078 1114 8839 anytime.
Rotary is a worldwide organisation of more than 1.2 million members. In Ireland,
the organisation consists of 73 clubs across the country, north, south, east and
west, made up of determined individuals who are pushing the boundaries of what can