ROTARY CLUB COME A-CALLING AT HOLYROOD

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Many soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been able to call home this Christmas thanks to the work of Rotary clubs in the south of Scotland.

The Calls for Heroes project was set up by Carluke Rotary Club to buy £10 phonecards which will supplement the limited phone time each soldier is allowed.

Galashiels and District Rotary Club has been one of the main contributors to this through the generosity of the public at their recent collection at Tesco and other fundraising events.

More than £1,500 has been raised locally so far.

The club was represented at a parliamentary reception held at Holyrood to recognise the work of Rotary in raising money for Calls for Heroes. Many MSPs of all parties attended and the photograph shows club president Peter Croan at the reception demonstrating the satellite phone equipment to Borders MSP Jeremy Purvis.