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New charity announced for this year's Inverurie Scouts Raft Race

By Sean McAngus

Inverurie Scouts have announced that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) will be benefitting from this year's Inverurie Charity Raft Race from Kemnay to Inverurie which will take place on Sunday, June 7.

Their inaugural outing as organisers of the Raft Race last year was a major success as the group raised £2849 spilt between Kayleigh's Wee Stars, MS Scotland and the Scouts.

The youth group has been collecting empty crisp packets to raise funds for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance's (SCAA) campaign to bring a charity helicopter to Aberdeen.

The crisp packets project is known as CrispsForHelimed79 after the helicopter's call sign.

The Inverurie Scouts are looking forward to the Charity Raft Race this year.
The Inverurie Scouts are looking forward to the Charity Raft Race this year.

Scouts and the local community collected dozens and dozens of black bags full of empty crisp packets with donations coming from parents, carers and local businesses.

Group Scout Leader Lesley Berry said: "Donations to date have been beyond our greatest expectations but please, please continue to keep those crisp packets coming in as the helicopter relies 100 percent on donations.”

Following the success of the crisp packet appeal, the Scout group had no trouble identifying which worthy cause would be sharing the proceeds from this year’s Raft Race.

Chair of the Scout Group Executive Committee Lisa Hoare explained: “While we all hope never to need the services of SCAA, to have this potentially life-saving team on our doorstep is fantastic and definitely deserves our on-going support.”

Community Fundraiser (North) for SCAA Kate Loades said the charity was thrilled and extremely grateful to be selected as the beneficiary of this summer's fun-filled event.

She said: "Inverurie Scouts have proved great supporters of SCAA and the vital service we provide throughout Scotland.

"Their backing of our soon-to-be- launched service in Aberdeen is hugely appreciated and we hope everyone has a great time raising funds through this fantastic raft race."

This year the event will feature five prize-winning categories, including a brand new class for The Wooden Spoon!

Assistant Cub Leader and Raft Race Coordinator Trevor Joss believes that the race can be even more of a roaring success.

He said: “We fully intend this year's Raft Race to be bigger and better than last year, but we cannot do that without your support.

“We look forward to seeing you, your raft and lots of sunshine on the day.”

Anyone who wants to enter their raft for this year's event, or to enquire about a space for a fund-raising stall on the day in Inverurie, should contact raftrace@inveruriescouts.co.uk for an application form.

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