Lifesaver Rab is named October’s BT Volunteer of the Month

Dedicated Cumnock clubman, coach and player, Rab Donald, has been named BT Volunteer of the Month for October after his heroic actions helped saved the life of an U18 player.

Rab, 51, was thrust into the limelight last month when, following the collapse of one of the Cumnock players due to a heart condition, he acted quickly and used his first aid training to give mouth-to-mouth to the player until paramedics arrived.

Rab said: “It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen on a rugby pitch.

“I’ve taken a few first aid courses through the club and work but you never think you are ever going to have to use them.

“Unfortunately, on this occasion I did and, thanks to the actions of all the coaches and staff at Cumnock and East Kilbride, the player involved is now on the road to recovery.

“Cumnock has played a big part in my life and I’m just delighted to still be involved in all the great things going on at the club.”

Since hanging up his boots three years ago, Rab has made a move to coaching and now takes four training sessions a week with the U18 side in addition to helping with youth teams on Saturdays and Sundays.

He has enjoyed a long history with Cumnock since first donning the black and red 30 years ago and has even introduced his sons, Zak and Luke to the club.

President of Cumnock RFC, Mark Linden, said: “Rab is a legend around the club with both young and old.

He is a fantastic role model, friend, all-round good guy and inspiration to everyone who knows him.”

Throughout his playing career he won four league titles with Cumnock and once selflessly sacrificed a squad place in the run up to a cup final to ensure that the best young talent at the club could flourish in a pressured environment.

Club Development Officer, Harry Reilly, said: “Rab is an inspiration at the club with his commitment to not only the teams he coaches personally but to every other aspect of the club.

“He is one of the best coaches at the club with Strength & Conditioning and the UKCC Level 2 qualifications.

He is undoubtedly the most popular coach with the boys that he coaches, too.”

Every winner of BT Club Volunteer of the Month is invited to BT Murrayfield, with nine friends, to attend the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner.

At the Awards Dinner, each of the winners will be in with a chance to win the BT Club Volunteer of the Season award, which will be announced on the night.

The winner of the annual award will receive a £1,000 grant for their club.