Aberdeen Rotary Clubs celebrate milestone with annual car raffle benefiting local charities

09/11/2023
L-R: Alan Pirie from the Rotary Club of St Machar and chairman of the organising committee, Gordon Arthur Irvine, milestone ticket holder, Carol McDonald from C&M McDonald and Ollie Middleton from Charlie House

IN A remarkable achievement, the Rotary Clubs of Aberdeen and North-east Scotland recently marked a significant milestone by selling their one millionth ticket for the annual car raffle, a tradition that has spanned 23 years. The milestone ticket was purchased by Gordon Arthur Irvine from Shetland at the Bon Accord Centre on Saturday, November 4. The event, organised in partnership with Bon Accord Aberdeen and C&M McDonald, has become a symbol of community spirit, raising funds for local charities and causes.

This year’s proceeds from the raffle will go towards supporting Charlie House and various other local initiatives. The majority of the funds will be directed to Charlie House’s Big Build Appeal, a vital project aimed at developing a dedicated support centre for children and babies with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families. The success of this initiative has been a result of the collaborative efforts of the participating Rotary Clubs, the support of partner organisations, and the generosity of the general public.

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Alan Pirie, chairman of the organising committee, expressed his excitement about the milestone, stating, “Selling our millionth ticket is a huge achievement because it means we have raised more than £1 million since the inception of these raffles, supporting numerous local charities and causes. The Rotary Clubs are immensely grateful to the public and our partners for their continuous support over the years.”

This year’s winner will have the chance to drive away in a brand new Suzuki Swift, courtesy of C&M McDonald, with the winner’s draw scheduled for Christmas Eve. Tickets, priced at just £1, remain available for purchase until the draw at 2 pm on December 24. The accessible ticket prices have made this event an engaging and inclusive form of fundraising for the entire community.

Ollie Middleton, fundraising team lead at Charlie House, expressed gratitude for the ongoing partnership, saying, “This event is the perfect example of accessible fundraising due to its affordable ticket prices. It has significantly boosted our Big Build Appeal’s fundraising total over the years, helping us edge ever closer to building a vital facility for families.”

In addition to expressing gratitude to the Rotary Clubs, Middleton extended thanks to Bon Accord Aberdeen for providing retail space to promote the raffle and to C&M McDonald for supplying the impressive prize for entrants.

For those interested in participating and getting a chance to win the Suzuki Swift, tickets can be purchased from various locations within the Bon Accord Centre, including ReCHarge Cafe, Curated Local Makers Market, and kiosks manned by Rotary Club team members. Tickets are also available at Charlie House’s head office at 74 Carden Place.

To learn more about the Rotary Clubs’ annual car raffle and to purchase tickets, please visit: Rotary Club Car Raffle.

For further information about Charlie House and its Big Build Appeal, please visit: Charlie House Big Build Appeal.

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