Runrig star helped provide a Forres Rotary £15k boost

Carlo Miele with Andrew Benjamin (Maggie’s Highland), Laura Macintosh (ARCHIE Foundation), Graham Forbes (Past President and Organiser) and David Sim (President 2016/17)
Carlo Miele with Andrew Benjamin (Maggie’s Highland), Laura Macintosh (ARCHIE Foundation), Graham Forbes (Past President and Organiser) and David Sim (President 2016/17)

TWO LOCAL CHARITIES are now clutching cheques for £7500 each following a highly successful charity dinner hosted by Rotary Forres.

Maggie’s Highlands and the ARCHIE Foundation received the cheques from the proceeds of the recent ‘An Audience with Donnie Munro’ event that took place ahead of the European Pipe Band Championships.

Individuals and companies were highly generous in their support for the event through ticket sales, donations and an action that led to the £15,000 total being raised.

Event organiser was Carlo Miele who said: “We are delighted to have run another successful event and the money raised is a huge boost to the charities. The guests have come away with a great impression of the generosity of spirit of the town.

“Donnie Munro himself has praised the event and was delighted to be Piping at Forres chieftain.”

Maggie’s Highlands supports people with cancer and their loved ones while The ARCHIE Foundation supports sick children and their families.

The event is one of a number of fund raising initiatives by Rotary Forres, but is one of the largest in recent years.

The cheques were received by Andrew Benjamin from Maggie’s and Laura Macintosh from ARCHIE who visited the town to pass on their thanks to the organisers and to the Rotary Club.

Rotary Forres president David Sim said: “A small team from the club pulled this project together and deserve fulsome praise for their efforts. A huge amount of work went into planning and organising the event, and overcoming a number of challenges along the way.

“The huge contribution this money will make to the two charities is testimony to the kind of change that our club members can make, putting service to the community above themselves.”

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