Scotch Whisky Auction Raises Thousands For Charities
28 Jun 2013
Bottles collected from distilleries across Scotland by Scotch
Whisky Association (SWA) staff and auctioned by McTear's have
raised more than £4,000 for two worthwhile causes. With more than
£8,000 also being donated by generous supporters, a grand total of
more than £12,000 has been raised by the SWA for Macmillan Cancer
Support and WaterAid Scotland.
Last year, staff from the SWA cycled to all 107 distilleries
across Scotland to mark the trade body's centenary and to raise
money for the two chosen charities. Almost 2,000 miles were covered
by bike and distilleries donated bottles which were auctioned by
McTear's this year. Many of the bottles were unusual and one was
signed by members of the Scotland Rugby Team.
Around £4,400 was raised through the auction alone in Glasgow and
this is being split between Macmillan and WaterAid.
Gavin Hewitt, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive,
"I am very proud of SWA staff. People gave up their time to reach
every Scotch Whisky distillery from Bladnoch in the south of
Scotland to Highland Park and Scapa in Orkney.
"I would like to thank the Scotch Whisky industry for its
generosity and McTear's for their support in holding the
"Everyone involved should be praised for the amount of money they
have managed to raise for two excellent charities - MacMillan
Cancer Support and WaterAid."
Jayne Forbes, Macmillan fundraising manager, said:
"We are really grateful to SWA staff, the Scotch Whisky Industry,
McTear's auction house and everyone else involved in raising this
wonderful amount. Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever
face. But no one should go through it alone. The Macmillan team is
with you every step of the way, from the nurses and therapists
helping you through treatment to the campaigners improving cancer
care. This would not be possible without our supporters like the
Elizabeth McKernan, manager WaterAid, Scotland & Northern
"We cannot thank the SWA, McTear's and everyone else involved in
fundraising for WaterAid Scotland enough for their fantastic
support. Today, 2000 children will die simply because they have to
drink dirty water and use poor sanitation.
"Thanks to supporters like the SWA, WaterAid is changing people's
lives. Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of
safe water and sanitation.
"WaterAid works specifically on the WASH crisis: water, sanitation
and hygiene. Our vision is of a world where everyone has access to
safe water and sanitation."
Please contact Rosemary Gallagher, communications manager, SWA on
0131 222 9230/0743 260 5385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with
Picture shows some of the SWA cyclists at the final distillery on
their fundraising effort.
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