Ap­peal on fire­works

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW - Alis­tair Brem­ner Ro­tary Club of Dum­fries Devorgilla

Sir – The Ro­tary Club of Dum­fries Devorgilla and the Peo­ple’s Project would again like to ex­press re­gret at not be­ing able to stage the fire­works dis­play at the White­sands.

Fol­low­ing our an­nounce­ment in Au­gust, we were un­able to suc­cess­fully gain spon­sor­ship which would fund the op­er­at­ing costs of £7,500.

Last year’s event was a real suc­cess with more than 4,000 peo­ple at­tend­ing and al­most £4,000 was col­lected through bucket col­lec­tions. The main re­cip­i­ent was West­sound’s Cash for Kids, re­ceiv­ing a cheque for £3,000, with the Ro­tary Club and the Peo­ple’s Project re­ceiv­ing the hon­our of Bronze Pa­trons for the char­ity.

We look for­ward to 2019 to stage this event again but are re­al­is­tic in the task of gain­ing spon­sor­ship.

Not only do we have to find the £5,000 for the fire­works dis­play, but there are costs for the li­cence from the coun­cil, in­sur­ance through Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional and the road clo­sure or­der, all adding up to £7,500.

A size­able sum was do­nated by busi­nesses in 2017, which was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated, but un­for­tu­nately fell short by £3,000, with this be­ing picked up by the Devorgilla Ro­tary Club, Hardie En­gi­neer­ing and the Peo­ple’s Project.

Crowd­fund­ing was con­sid­ered for 2018 but the event was al­ways de­signed to be free to al­low the peo­ple of Dum­fries to do­nate to the var­i­ous causes.

If there are any busi­nesses or or­gan­i­sa­tions who would con­sider help­ing with the fund­ing of next year’s event then please con­tact me by email at al­is­tair_brem­ner@msn.com.

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