Charity dance to be held in Torphins

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The crisis unfolding in East Africa has prompted a group of big-hearted Torphins residents to organise a fundraising event to raise funds for the appeal.

They have organised a fundraising community dance, to be held in the Learney Hall, Torphins, on Saturday, September 10.

One of the organisers, Brian Adams, said: This is a great community effort in which, so far, we have not had to pay a penny for anything, due to local businesses donating items and services free of charge, as part of their contribution to the crisis appeal.”

Brian Paterson Joinery Services has made signboards for the group, WH Smith and Torphins Pharmacy donated stationary and Imprint Printing Services supplied posters and tickets free of charge.

“The Belly Band from Buchan are old mates of mine, said Brian. “They are terrific and can play everything from Scottish through to swing, so a great night of entertainment is in prospect.

They are also contributing by waiving their fee. We hope to raise a considerable amount from the dance and maybe as much again from a grand raffle and, given the support we have already experienced, we are hopeful that other local businesses will also support the crisis appeal when approached to donate items for it.

“The prizes will be displayed and tickets sold at the Torphins Gala on Saturday, August 20, and at the dance where the draw will be made.”

The following Deeside businesses will be selling tickets: Flower Vogue in Banchory; Platform 22 in Torphins; Hilltrek in Aboyne and Daisies at Ballater.

Agatha Morris, community fundraising officer for Oxfam GB, said: “It is wonderful to see a local community coming together to help those affected by the worst food crisis of the 21st century.

“Across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, more than 10 million people are struggling to find anything to eat or drink, due to successive failed rains.

Oxfam are there providing people with clean safe water, sanitation, and cash for food.

We are only able to do this because of the generosity of our supporters, but this is Oxfam’s biggest ever emergency appeal in Africa and so we still have a long way to go.”