Organisers of one of Moray’s most successful annual community events are appealing for entrants to come forward to ensure another bumper year.
The annual Buckie ‘It’s a Knockout’ event has raised thousands over the years for local charities, including over £9000 last year for the Moray Immediate Care scheme.
Fundraising from the fun-filled day has helped provide three palliative care beds for Seafield Hospital and provided a £4000+ cash boost for the Buckie RNLI. In total around £24,000 has been raised in the last three years.
However, organiser Denise Thomson admitted that entrants for the 2014 event to be held in July have been disappointing. Denise said: “We have identified three charities that we hope will benefit from the event this year – the Teddy Bear development play group, Lyric Theatre group and the SHEE Trust.
“But we do need teams to enter and that has proven to be a little more difficult this year – in particular we would like to encourage groups of adults to enter teams as that is lacking most for the 2014 event.”
Denise has herself taken part in many sponsored events over the years from abseiling from the Forth Rail Bridge to white water rafting at Aberfeldy rapids – and even a parachute jump over Perth.
She said: “For It’s a Knockout people don’t quite have to go that far! It really is a great day out for everyone concerned and they have the added bonus of knowing that they are helping raise funds for very worthy local charity groups.
“It’s the sort of thing that would suit adult groups from existing local sports clubs or such like, anyone who can pull together a few people for the day and help us make the event this year as successful as it has been in the past.”
Teams of ten people are required for the event which takes places on June 21 – smaller groups or individuals are also urged to contact Denise as she can ensure they find a place in a team.