Dental staff get in step with Moray Sports Centre challenge

Katherine Evans and Sandy Adam – sport centre dream will depend on fundraising

ONE OF THE FIRST local sports groups seeking to help raise funding for the proposed Moray Sports Centre (MSC) are attempting to raise £5000 through a ‘work step challenge’.

Led by Violet Beattie, who has been a fundraiser and administrator for the Elgin Amateur Athletics Club for the last ten years, friends from the Trinity Dental Practice have been persuaded to help the project.

Violet said: “I’ve been a receptionist at the dental practice since 2009 and that has given me the opportunity to work and meet some wonderful people. I also feel very strongly that Moray needs a purpose-build sports centre.

“We have all seen the way that so many in Moray embrace sporting activity – that is all the more commendable given that we have never really had proper facilities for the many sports that local people, young and old, wish to take part in.

“I want to see better facilities for local athletes, it is truly wonderful that our communities are now coming together with the help of Sandy Adam to make that happen. But it needs a concerted effort by a lot of people to turn this dream into reality.

“So I’ve managed to persuade my work colleagues to join me in our ‘work step challenge’ – we have set an ambitious £5000 target. The way it will work is that three teams at the practice will be counting steps while working, doing what will be a ‘virtual walk’ around Scotland.

“The challenge has already started – and will continue until June 12.”

Earlier this week it was revealed that the Moray Sports Centre project had appointed Morrison Construction to take on the first phase of the MSC. MSC Chief Executive Kathryn Evans noted: “What will be built and when depends on how much funding we can raise.

“It is entirely possible that we will be building phase one, two and three at about the same time. As an independent charitable enterprise, with no local authority funding, we must raise the capital for building from national funding, major donors and general fundraising.”

The efforts of the Trinity Dental Practice can be supported through their Crowdfunding page at