Appeal on fireworks
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 email@example.com.