Ballymoney Rotary plant 5,000 purple crocuses to celebrate World Polio Day


On Monday 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.



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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 groups“


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 projects.


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 2017


Ballymoney Rotary Community “300” Cash Awards

Presentation of Awards 21st June 2017


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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 Past President).

David McKeown


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

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.


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 –

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


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

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