THANKS to the generosity of the 350 guests who attended the annual St Patricks Day Charity Ball in Glasgow, three independent Scottish children’s charities are each to receive a £20,000 donation.
Representatives from The Moira Anderson Foundation, a national charity dedicated to supporting those affected by childhood sexual abuse; It’s Good 2 Give, a Scottish charity which to date has raised over £1.2m for local young people with cancer and their families; and Samuel’s Smile, set up by Glasgow teenager, Samuel Bell, to offer young people with serious illnesses the chance to savour memories they will never forget – celebrated the news recently with St Patricks Day Charity Ball committee chair, Denis MacCann.
The annual event, which this year took place in the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow last month, raised £60,000 for the chosen charities, with key auction items including pieces of rare artwork donated by leading Scottish artists Andy Scott, Alasdair Gray, Muriel Barclay and John Lowrie Morrison OBE.
Since its inception, the event has now raised over £1 million for Scottish charities and committee chair, Denis MacCann, says: “We are thrilled to be in a position to donate much needed funds to three such worthy causes, which greatly help young people all over Scotland.
“We must offer a massive thanks to the guests who ‘dug deep’ into their pockets on the night, and to our friends in the artistic community for offering us such exclusive and collectable works of art, which generated huge interest on the night.”
Corinne Roulants, from Edinburgh, who purchased the winning ticket for the evening’s star prize of a Fiat 500, which was kindly donated by Arnold Clark, also picked up the keys to her new car!
Note to editor:
The Moira Anderson Foundation
Moira Anderson was 11 years-old when she vanished on February 23, 1957, after getting caught in a blizzard on her way to the shops. Moira has never been seen again. It is likely she was abducted and murdered but she has never been found and the questions remain unanswered.
The Moira Anderson Foundation, based in North Lanarkshire, was launched in the year 2000 by Sandra Brown as a legacy to Moira Anderson and her family. It provides a place of safety and support for children and adults who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse.
It’s Good 2 Give
The charity officially came to life in April 2010 and already we have raised over £1.1m for local young people with cancer and their families. It may be tiny but has huge ambitions! In the long term, the aim is to raise £1.5 million to fund the build/fit out and 1st year maintenance of a purpose-built respite house for young people and their families affected by cancer. This will allow families to use it for a short break together – a purpose-built, restful, safe place.
Samuel Bell lives with Total Intestinal Hirschsprung’s Disease and when he was born, he was given just three months to live. Now 16 years-old, Samuel is the oldest-surviving person in the UK with this disease and he notes: “Because of my disease, I live on an IV pump 18 hours a day, seven days a week, which gives me my total parenteral nutrition because I cannot eat. I have had over 60 surgeries and spend most of my life in Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow. I never know what lies ahead for tomorrow but I live life to the full everyday and believe I am a miracle, that I’m here for a reason and I just want to make a difference.”
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