Saturday, 13 December 2014

Successful fundraiser for National Autistic Society

The 17 year-old organiser of a cabaret night in support of the National Autistic Society Scotland has been praised for the professional nature of the event.

Jordan Fernando, a winner at this year’s Cream of Ayrshire Awards, is the young woman who made the night such a success.  With help from her mum, Suzanne, Jordan arranged a string of acts to entertain the audience at the ‘Pryde the Playz’ in Pennyburn last Saturday (December 6).  Amongst the entertainers were ‘Meraki’,  a fire performer; George's Marvellous Magic Act; new band ‘Release’ with special guest singer, 5 year-old Katy Harrison; The Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band; ceilidh music from sisters Susan and Shona Mcfadyen; drumming instructor ‘Tsering’; and psychic readings from Jane Dawson.  There were also stalls provided by The Rose Rooms, Created for you, Sparkle 4 Us and Rachel's Cakes. 

Jordan, herself, has autism, so the National Autistic Society Scotland is a cause very close to her heart.  Her mum, Suzanne, said, “I am so, so proud of Jordan and all she has achieved throughout her young life.  Watching her up on stage, confidently giving a speech, just made my heart melt.”

There was also praise from Betty of Betty's Thrift Shop, who said, “It was my birthday last Saturday, and everyone sang Happy Birthday to me.  The cabaret ran so smoothly, as if a professional had organised it.  Jordan was polite, confident, the perfect host and a joy to talk to.”

Karron Kent, Fundraising Officer for the National Autistic Society, said, “I cannot believe the total raised from the cabaret night is still creeping up – absolutely brilliant!  What a fantastic fundraiser.  Our thanks go to both Jordan and Suzanne for organising a very successful evening.”

The event was supported by donations from the Co-Op, Morrisons, B&M, Viking Cafe and Pretty Little Things.

Jordan and Suzanne expressed their thanks to everyone who attended the event and made it such a huge success, raising £809.00, so far.  Donations can still be made through Jordan’s ‘Just Giving’ page.

Pictured (l to r): Fiona Bain of One Stop Shop in Kilmarnock, Jordan Fernando, Suzanne Fernando, Karron Kent (National Autistic Society). 

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