Books, bikes and Burns!

IN an effort to maintain the tremendous momentum generated by the Jole Ryder project, The Rotary Club of Ballycastle will be offering the chance to win some wonderful prizes in the run-up to Christmas.

The generosity shown during the collection of books and bikes for Africa has been overwhelming and allied to a genuine willingness by individuals to become involved, the outcome has been nothing short of phenomenal.

The next stage of the process is preparing the items for shipment to their African destinations. To assist with the financial demands of this task, Ballycastle Rotary Club will be selling raffle tickets up until December 23rd – proceeds of which will cover the cost of ensuring each item is fit for purpose and ultimately that they arrive where the need is greatest.

With countless books and over 100 bikes in store, such an undertaking will be no mean feat but the Club is confident that, as always, the local community will support the venture to its completion.

In keeping with the two-wheeled theme, all who purchase tickets will be in the running to win either an adult’s electric scooter courtesy of Sheskburn Garages, a child’s bicycle, kindly donated by Julie and Damien Martin (Ardclinis Outdoor Centre) or a Christmas hamper from the Rotary Club.

Tickets will be on sale December 4th, available from all club members.

Burns Night

Looking further ahead, Ballycastle Rotary Club extends a warm invitation to toast that “Great Chieftain O’ The Puddin’ Race.

Friday the 25th January 2013 will be a must for lovers of Haggis, Tartan and Rabbie.

Billed as a ‘Burns Night Social’, patrons can dine, dance and delight in celebratory acknowledgement of the famous Scottish wordsmith’s life and work.

Complete with Piper, Caller and the obligatory Ode to the Haggis, those in attendance will experience first-hand the elements which combine to make this date such a memorable occasion.

Tickets will be available from all Club members, priced £25 each – 4 course dinner, entertainment and toast inclusive. For one night only, the Central Wine Bar will be transformed into a little piece of Scotland. Tartan-clad lassies and true Scotsmen a pre-requisite!