A long-standing volunteer who has done just about every conceivable job for his club – from washing jerseys of the Colts XV to supervising the fabric of the clubhouse is being recognised by Scottish Rugby and its principal partner, RBS.
David “Digger” Donaldson has been named RBS Volunteer of the Month for his tireless efforts to ensure all runs smoothly at Currie, the RBS Premier Division club.
Digger, 53, a senior mechanical engineer with Selex Galileo in Edinburgh is being honoured for the improvements in the clubhouse and changing rooms that were completed at Malleny Park last month (September).
But his volunteering began some ten years ago when his son, Craig, was playing in the back-row with Currie Colts and Digger joined Bob Ormiston in running the Colts’ admin.
Asked how that role expanded, he replied: “There was drink involved! It started with me just monitoring the heating and changing the lighting bulbs but being responsible for the fabric of the building I soon discovered there was a lot more to it than that.”
Over the years Digger has been involved in projects to install a new kitchen at the club, convert the shop into an office space that can be used for external meetings and most recently, give the clubhouse a bit of a makeover so that there’s now a digital display which shows information and significant moments from Currie’s history.
The submission to the RBS Volunteer of the Month panel hailed Digger as “the unsung hero of the club, nicknamed the Jannie.”
Asked his reaction to being recognised with this award, Digger said: “I was certainly never expecting it. I’m doing something I enjoy doing. I’ve been involved in the community for a while – I was president of the children’s gala day committee in Balerno for a few years – and the reward comes when you see someone like Matthew Scott, who I’ve watched progress in the club from when he was at primary school, go on and win his first cap.”
Digger receives a special trophy from RBS, is shortlisted for RBS Volunteer of the Season and wins ten places to the prestigious Scottish Rugby Awards dinner at Murrayfield next spring.