Rotarians rise to charity challenge

Penicuik Rotary Club president David Gillespie and son Andrew during a sponsored ski in The Alps.

Penicuik Rotary Club president David Gillespie and son Andrew during a sponsored ski in The Alps.

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MIDLOTHIAN Rotarians are celebrating a milestone achievement on the way to the final eradication of polio. Raising thousands of pounds to combat the disease has been a major activity of the Esk Valley, Dalkeith, Loanhead-Roslin and Penicuik Rotary Clubs after a challenge by Bill Gates to the organisation worldwide three years ago. The Microsoft founder offered to match any sum raised of not less than US$200million.

Various fundraising methods were used across Midlothian, most spectacularly by Penicuik Rotary president David Gillespie, who, with son Andrew (26) raised more than £1500 attempting the arduous ski-mountaineering Haute Route across The Alps.

“We were disappointed at having to abandon the expedition because of the high risk of avalanche but hope to have another go in a year or two,” said David.