Gala RFC’s representatives keeping busy in the community

Sporting clubs and players across the Borders have been actively helping their communities in a multitude of ways during the coronavirus crisis.

Euand Dodds, left, Rex Jeffrey and their young assistant observe the rules while helping out.
Euand Dodds, left, Rex Jeffrey and their young assistant observe the rules while helping out.

Among them, Gala RFC has been assisting the town’s Foodbank, Food Train and Gala Men’s Shed.

The Foodbank in Galashiels had been running low on supplies to redistribute to those in need.

So the players stepped in recently and organised a weekend drop-off at the Scott Park gates in Galashiels.

The initiative was very successful, with several 4x4 loads of food and £300 in donations to the Foodbank from players, committee, supporters and the general public.

“Everyone’s generosity was fantastic and welcomed by the Foodbank,” said a Gala spokesman. “Social distancing protocols were fully observed.”

Gala RFC collected a large amount of food over the weekend in question, and nearly £300 cash at an open-air event at Scott Park gates.

Thanks were expressed to team captain Euan and vice-captain Rex Jeffrey for organising it.

Following this “great response”, a further drop-off at the same location was organised for last weekend, with an equally good outcome.

Again, there was a huge drop-off of food, and money, including a large whisky bottle full of change donated by the residents of Abbotsford Court.

“It is intended to hold further drop-offs on succeeding Saturday mornings,” added the spokesman.

“Watch out for our Facebook posts for confirmation.”

In addition, two Gala players, Cody Roman and Liam Scott, have been helping the town’s elderly, who are self-isolating, by working with the Food Train and delivering where required.

Having noted the good work being done by the Gala Men’s Shed in producing face visors for the NHS, care staff and other essential users, Gala RFC has decided to contribute towards the purchase of further materials that will allow another 100 visors to be made.

This will help the Gala Men’s Shed to continue it’s great work and contribute to it being able to supply the many hundreds of visors that have been requested,” said the spokesman.

Thanks have been conveyed to all who have donated, and to the players and committee, who organised and manned the activities.