Rotary Clubs, Bon Accord and Gillanders Motors Partnership Set To Raise Vital Funds for Aberdeen Children’s Charity

Charlie House and the Rotary Clubs of Aberdeen, in partnership with Gillanders Motors and Bon Accord Aberdeen, announces District Annual Raffle in aid of the charity and it's work with babies, children and young people.

Aberdeen-based children’s charity Charlie House today (Tuesday 13th July 2021) announces the launch of the Rotary Clubs of Aberdeen and the North East Annual Raffle, in partnership with Gillanders Motors and Bon Accord Aberdeen. The raffle is set to raise thousands of pounds to support the Charlie House Big Build Appeal and other charities supported by the Rotary Clubs.

The members of 25 of the Rotary Clubs in Aberdeen and the North East generously donate their time annually to support a charity via their annual raffle and will be located within the city’s Bon Accord Centre to sell tickets. The raffle tickets will be sold from the Charlie House retail unit in the lower mall, opposite O2, where shoppers can also purchase popular merchandise sold by the charity and learn more about the work of Rotary.

The winner of the first prize will drive away in an MG3 Excite 1.5 supplied by Gillanders Motors which will be on display within the unit.

Alan Pirie, Chairman of the organising committee and President of St Machar Rotary Club, says “Rotary Clubs in this area have had a support relationship with Charlie House for some time now and were delighted to learn that they had been chosen as the Bon Accord’s Charity Partner of the Year from 2020. Bon Accord generously assist with our annual fundraising by enabling us to have a presence in the centre and raise funds for our chosen charity partner via the raffle, which is always hugely popular. The addition of a retail unit this year gives us a much greater profile in the centre and hopefully we will see that reflected in ticket sales”.

Stacie McPherson from Bon Accord Aberdeen says, “Through the years, the centre has offered support to the Rotary Clubs annual raffle and it is fantastic that we can lend our support again this year and for such an important local cause. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at Bon Accord from 16th July until 24th December and at just £1 per ticket, it will be the best value car someone ever buys!”

Mark Stevenson, Sales Manager, Gillanders Motors says, “We are delighted to support this initiative. The Rotary Clubs do a huge amount to support our local community and Charlie House is a charity close to our hearts. We look forward to being part of the Charlie House journey and watching the build progress”

Commenting on the launch of the raffle, Donna Deans, Senior Fundraising Co-Ordinator, “We are so grateful to the Rotary Clubs for their on-going support, to Gillanders for supplying the incredible first prize and to the team at Bon Accord who have offered such unwavering support since selecting us as their charity partner in 2020. The restrictions over the last year have meant that many of the exciting events we had planned with Bon Accord have had to be cancelled but we have found even more creative ways to work together. We really hope that people will return to the centre to not only support all of the retail units but to also drop by to purchase tickets and do a little shopping at Curated Aberdeen the indoor market we have just launched in partnership with Bon Accord. We wish everyone the best of luck for the raffle which will be drawn on Christmas Eve”.

Donna concludes, “We announced last month that we have raised £3.6m of our £8m target in support of the Big Build Appeal. Once we hit £4m we will be in a position to cut ground and move on towards the construction phase. This partnership with the Rotary, Gillanders and Bon Accord is a key part of our journey to hit and exceed that magic £4m mark and we are asking the people of the North East to #digdeep and support this incredible project.”

Tickets will be on sale within the retail unit at Bon Accord from 16th July until 24th December when the draw will take place within the Bon Accord at 2.00pm.

There are 27 Rotary Clubs in Aberdeen and the North-East of which 25 participate in the raffle. For further information about Rotary please visit www.rotary1010.org

For more information about Charlie House and its services please visit www.charliehouse.org.uk or call 01224 313333. 

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