Friday, 23 August 2013

Dragon Boat charity fundraiser

A team from North Ayrshire Council’s Social Services department are taking to the water to raise cash for charity.

Staff members will be joined by young people, social workers and a local police officer to take part in a Dragon Boat Race, which is being held as part of the Irvine Marymass Harbourside Festival.  Calling themselves ‘Toddles Away’, the team is raising cash for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ayrshire and the Ayrshire Hospice.

Residential worker Billy Todd, organiser of the team, took part in a Dragon Boat Race on Loch Lomond earlier this year.  Billy said, “It’s a great fun event and raises a lot of money for charity.

“When the Rotary Club of Irvine announced they were bringing the race to Marymass, the social workers and young people wanted to get involved.  One of the young people has taken on the role of vice-captain and helped with organising the team name and T-shirts.

“We chose the two local charities that supported causes some of our staff and young people had experience of in their own lives.

“It’s good to work together as a team at a fun community event and raise money for charity.”

North Ayrshire Council’s SNP Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Anthea Dickson, met the Dragon Boat team last week and was impressed by their efforts.  “I have to admit I won’t be in a boat on the day,” said Cllr Dickson, “but I will be making a donation and cheering on the team from dry land.”

Council colleagues are helping to fundraise through sponsorship and contributing to collection buckets placed at NAC offices in Cunninghame House and Bridgegate House.

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