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EAST Renfrewshire’s heroes are set to be recognised from Monday, when East Renfrewshire volunteer week begins.

In 2009-10, 28,000 adults in East Renfrewshire participated in formal volunteering, donating almost 10 million hours to their community.

Ruth Gallagher, deputy chief officer at Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire (VAER) told The Extra: “Volunteering makes a crucial contribution to binding our communities, building cooperation and trust between individuals, and helping to make our communities better places to live and work”.

VAER will be running information stalls at Barrhead Sports Centre on Wednesday from 10am-4pm, and at Whole Foods in Giffnock on Thursday, again 10am-4pm, which will allow individuals to find out more about volunteering, including what types of opportunities are available.

You can also pop in to the office in Barrhead, weekdays 9am-5pm or register online through VAER’s website, www.va-er.org.uk.

VAER will be hosting an award ceremony during the week as a way of thanking their volunteers, and highlighting their contribution 
to the organisation and the wider community.

n Meanwhile, one Newton Mearns volunteer received a boost for his own charity this week.

Members of Giffnock Curling Club presented Russell MacMillan’s organisation, East Renfrewshire Good Causes, with a cheque for £790 to be used by the charity as it sees fit.

The money was raised at the club’s annual dinner, as president Steve Malloy nominated East Renfrewshire Good Causes as his chosen charity for the year.

Mr Malloy said: “I presented the club with a brief overview of the charity and the fine work it does in our community, as well as telling them a bit about the inspirational leadership that Russell provides. 
“I was hoping the Giffnock Curling Club members and guests would be generous but was amazed when it was announced that a total of £790 had been raised.

“I believe it’s a record for the club and clearly reflects the members’ desire to support such a great charity”.

Russell’s charity grew out of a desire to pay back society for providing him a with a double organ transplant.

Since its inception five years ago, the charity has distributed more than £100,000 to help less able people in the community.