Mi­tie Ball raises £26,000 for two wor­thy char­i­ties

Jackie wanted to give some­thing back

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A Ruther­glen busi­ness­woman, who learned to speak again af­ter los­ing part of her tongue to mouth can­cer, was this week­end at the helm of the 2016 Mi­tie Char­ity Ball.

Jackie Long and five of her col­leagues from Mi­tie Tech­ni­cal Fa­cil­i­ties Man­age­ment in Ruther­glen raised £26,000 at the event, orig­i­nally in­spired by her de­ter­mi­na­tion to “give back” to the com­mu­nity.

Jackie first be­gan fundrais­ing for char­ity when she re­turned to work in 2014 af­ter a bat­tle with mouth can­cer left her un­able to speak for three months.

But de­fy­ing doc­tors’ pre­dic­tions that she would be un­able to work for two years, Jackie re­turned 11 months later de­ter­mined to raise cash for a wor­thy cause.

“I or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing night in a church hall when I came back to work ini­tially. It was to give some­thing back.”

But in­spir­ing her oth­ers with her fundrais­ing ef­forts, Jackie was ap­proached by col­league Ray­mond Mur­ray who had en­vis­aged an­other event on a much big­ger scale.

With Ruther­glen col­leagues Stephen Welsh, Shirley Laid­law, Ali­son Ben­nett and Ju­liann McGhee step­ping for­ward to join the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, the Mi­tie Ball was born.

As the 2014 event raised £15,000 and was hailed a great suc­cess, the event re­turned the fol­low­ing year and was hosted at the Gailes Ho­tel in Irvine on Satur­day evening for the 2016 bo­nanza.

Jackie said: “This year we are proud that we will be able to sup­port Ca­pa­bil­ity Scot­land and the Mary Leish­man Foun­da­tion.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one who has helped to make the evening a suc­cess, in­clud­ing our sup­pli­ers and sub-con­trac­tors for do­nat­ing auc­tion prizes and at­tend­ing on the night, and our fam­i­lies who are al­ways 100 per cent be­hind us.

“Or­gan­is­ing the ball is a lot of hard work but I can’t even de­scribe the feel­ing I get when I see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing them­selves and mak­ing money for char­ity. It makes me feel good, as well as the other com­mit­tee mem­bers.”

Ca­pa­bil­ity Scot­land fundraiser Lucy Christo­pher, said: “We are in­cred­i­bly lucky to have been cho­sen by Mi­tie to be one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this year’s Mi­tie Char­ity Ball. The money that is raised on the night will help make a real dif­fer­ence to the sup­port we can of­fer peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties liv­ing in Scot­land.”

Ca­pa­bil­ity Scot­land cam­paigns with, and pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and sup­port ser­vices for, dis­abled chil­dren and adults across Scot­land, while the Mary Leish­man Foun­da­tion aims to ease suf­fer­ing and en­cour­age po­ten­tial through­out the country.

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