Ro­tary club hands over £17,500 to char­i­ties

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - INTIMATIONS -

The Ro­tary Club of Blair­gowrie pre­sented two ma­jor char­i­ties, Can­cer Re­search UK and CHAS, the Scot­tish chil­dren’s hospices or­gan­i­sa­tion, with cheques for £8,750 each last week.

The money was raised dur­ing the Blair­gowrie Ro­tar­i­ans’ Drive-It Day clas­sic car tour, held in April.

Nearly 70 clas­sic cars, dat­ing from the 1930s right up to the present day, drove a 120-mile route through east and High­land Perthshire af­ter set­ting out from Blair­gowrie Golf Club, amass­ing a record £17,500 in spon­sor­ship money.

And ac­cord­ing to the Ro­tary Club, this is the high­est-ever to­tal raised by any Drive-It Day event held in the UK — the av­er­age raised this year be­ing £7,000.

Colin Ste­wart, who chaired the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said: “It was a great team ef­fort by ev­ery­one in Blair­gowrie Ro­tary Club and we are de­lighted by the re­sults of this, our first Drive-It Day event.

“We have set our­selves a very high bar for 2018 but we in­tend to match or sur­pass it.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the two char­i­ties ex­pressed their grat­i­tude to all those in­volved in rais­ing the money.

Ali­son Ren­nie, lo­cal com­mu­nity fundraiser for CHAS, said: “This is an ab­so­lutely tremen­dous amount that the Ro­tary Club have raised and ev­ery­one has been fan­tas­tic.

“Their com­mit­ment to the whole event has been above and be­yond and they should be re­ally proud of their ef­fort, it’s to­tally out­stand­ing.

“As well as rais­ing so much money the day it­self was great fun and we are very grate­ful for the sup­port of the Ro­tary Club of Blair­gowrie.”

And lo­cal fundrais­ing man­ager for Can­cer Re­search UK, Dorothy Rodger, added: “It was won­der­ful to work with such an in­spi­ra­tional and well-or­gan­ised group such as the Ro­tar­i­ans to bring this event to Blair­gowrie for the first time.

“To have raised such a phe­nom­e­nal amount of money for Can­cer Re­search UK and CHAS is just amaz­ing.

“On be­half of Can­cer Re­search UK I would like to thank the Ro­tary very much for all their fan­tas­tic ef­forts.”


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