Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating The Orcadian on its OUTREACH4CLAN campaign which more than doubled its £10,000 target amount.
The campaign was kick-started when The Orcadian won a £500 cash prize for being awarded Newspaper of the Year 2018 at the Highlands and Islands Media Awards in February. The paper decided very quickly to donate this to CLAN Cancer Support in Kirkwall to help them fund a planned expansion of its cancer support services in Orkney. The campaign more than doubled its target amount and a staggering £22,786 was raised.
David Stewart said “I had heard about The Orcadian’s campaign and was delighted to be able to call into CLAN when I was in Orkney recently. I met some of the paid staff and some of the 60-plus volunteers who support the charity week in, week out, to help anyone who is affected by cancer, either their own or someone else’s.
“The dedication of the staff and volunteers is clear and the individuals, businesses and organisations who supported the cause are to be congratulated. It was a real community effort.
Mr Stewart continued “I know the final total of £22,786 will be put to good use in enabling training for additional support volunteers, providing more therapies and classes/group work, and developing CLAN’s outreach programme across mainland Orkney and to the islands.”
The text of David’s motion is below.
Motion Number: S5M-20154
Lodged By: David Stewart
Date Lodged: 04/12/2019
Title: Target for OUTREACH4CLAN Campaign More than Doubled
That the Parliament congratulates The Orcadian newspaper on joining forces with CLAN Cancer Support in Kirkwall to raise funds for a planned expansion of its cancer support services in Orkney; commends the newspaper for donating the £500 cash prize that it received on being awarded Newspaper of the Year 2018 at the Highlands and Islands Media Awards to the support service; congratulates the three paid members of staff and the 60-plus volunteers who have worked tirelessly for over 11 years supporting people affected by their own or someone else’s cancer; appreciates that the geographical challenges and a lack of resources makes reaching all areas of the Orkney Islands difficult for the service; notes that the OUTREACH4CLAN campaign, which was launched in August 2019, has more than doubled the £10,000 that it set out to raise to enable training for additional support volunteers, provide more therapies and classes/group work, and to develop CLAN’s outreach programme across mainland Orkney and to the islands; congratulates The Orcadian and the people of Orkney on achieving 228% of its target amount for the campaign, which closed on 2 December, after raising £22,786, and wishes staff and volunteers all the best in using the money raised to increase support for local people affected by cancer in any way.