Explorers make presentation to Provost Mackie
28th March 2011
The Explorers made a presentation to East Renfrewshire Provost Alex Mackie on Tuesday 15 March on behalf of the Town Council of Gold River, Vancouver Island. They had been given a limited edition print to be presented to the people of East Renfrewshire as a thank you for the Quaich delivered by the Explorers to the people of Gold River during their visit last summer.
Provost Alex Mackie then spoke to the Explorers as follows:
"Good evening everyone, thank you for inviting me along this evening. I am truly astonished at the efforts you have undertaken. In raising a staggering £20,000 to organise your trip to Canada you show what can be achieved with some hard work and determination. And I must pay tribute and thanks to parents for their enormous support in fundraising and also to local groups including Giffnock United Reformed Church Members, Eaglesham Music and Drama Group, Eaglesham Round Table and Star Refrigeration.
Despite the tough economic times, you Explorer Scouts have proved that people are prepared to dig deep and support a very worthwhile venture. And as if that wasn’t achievement enough to then visit Canada and carry out your ten challenges is a fabulous story indeed.
Thank you also for bringing back the gift from the Mayor of Gold River, I will ensure it takes pride of place in our council headquarters.
I’d also like to thank you for being incredible young achievers. You’ve shown our friends across the Atlantic just what makes Scotland great. You are a credit to Explorer Scouts everywhere, you are a credit to your leaders and your families should be rightly proud of you and lastly you are a credit to East Renfrewshire and to Scotland so congratulations and thank you once again and I hope to keep on hearing about your achievements in the future."