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, said:
 
"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 auction.
 
"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 SWA."
 
Elizabeth McKernan, manager WaterAid, Scotland & Northern Ireland, said:
 
"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."
 
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Please contact Rosemary Gallagher, communications manager, SWA on 0131 222 9230/0743 260 5385 or email rgallagher@swa.org.uk with any queries.
 
Picture shows some of the SWA cyclists at the final distillery on their fundraising effort.
 
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