Ellon Rotary welcomed Gemma Cameron as the evening’s speaker at their meeting on Wednesday, December 2.
Gemma is one of the main organising committee members of the annual Ellon Pedal Car Race and she gave a fascinating talk about her significant fundraising activities in support of the Friends of the Special Nursery at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
She is a member of the team at Jamieson Quarries, who were the main sponsors of the Pedal Car Race – but her involvement with the special nursery began in 2009.
Gemma was the driving force behind the fundraising required to purchase blood analysing machines – allowing essential blood results to be available instantly.
Since then Gemma’s support for the unit has grown and grown.
In July, 2010, she organised a swim event - with the support of Hannah Miley - raising £33,000.
She has also raised funds for much-needed scanning equipment, birthing pools, blood pressure machines and a giraffe incubator, which allows a premature baby to remain in the incubator while all necessary tests are carried out - costing £35,000.
Gemma’s personal fundraising target for the special Nursery is £100,000 – Ellon Rotary were left in no doubt
she will achieve her aim.
Mike Watson, chairman of the Pedal Car Race Committee, presented her with a cheque from Ellon Rotary for £7000 in support of the Friends of the Special Nursery – the nursery being the main beneficiary from fundraising proceeds of the Pedal Car Race this year.
A record number of spectators turned out at the end of August for the race, which is one of the most popular events in the local calendar