FUNDRAISING manager of the cancer support charity CLAN Susan Crighton and finance manager Susan Christie were in Shetland this week to lend their support to the Shetland appeal.
The Shetland fundraising effort for new premises for the Aberdeen-based cancer charity is currently in its fourth week and is getting into its stride, with £16,500 already being raised through events and donations.
The CLAN shop in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre has also done well with takings of £4,400 in the first three weeks. So much stuff has been donated to the shop that it has had to take on another store room, the first being filled to overflowing. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.
Money collected at last weekend’s Big Bannock will also be donated to CLAN.
The Shetland committee of the appeal, which is also taking place in Orkney and the area served by Grampian health board, has now made up display boards and has 100 collecting tins ready to place in strategic locations around Shetland.
One of the highest-profile fundraising ideas – a raffle with some spectacular prizes – is being launched next week. The lucky winner of the first prize will receive a Toyota Yaris, sponsored by local Toyota agent Jim’s Garage. Second prize will be a trip for four people plus car on a NorthLink ferry, and third prize consists of air travel for two people on a Loganair flight. The winner can negotiate which Scottish destination they wish to fly to. In addition there will be many smaller prizes. The raffle will be drawn on Up-Helly-A’ day next year by the Guizer Jarl.
Snowball teas are another new fundraising venture. The idea behind a “snowball tea” is that one person starts by inviting two people for a snowball tea, the two then each invite three, the six invite four people, and so on. Snowball teas are being co-ordinated by Mary Jamieson who can be contacted on (01595) 693779.
Other fundraising ideas for the future include quiz nights, dinner dances, sponsored walks and cycle rides and a fashion show, with a community walk, a variety concert and a corporate weekend planned for next year.
Chairwoman of the fundraising campaign Elaine Jamieson said she wanted to encourage local folk to get involved. Anyone wanting to organise an event can contact her on (01595) 694750.
However it is possible to give to CLAN without taking part in anything – anyone who wants to give to the charity can do so in the Bank of Scotland where there are special CLAN pay-in slips.
The CLAN 1,2,3 appeals aims for one charity to take two years to raise £3million towards building new premises to accommodate and support cancer patients receiving treatment in Aberdeen.
? Sunday teas in aid of the CLAN appeal will be held this Sunday at Cunningsburgh Hall and Aith Hall.