Raft race benefits local good causes

Alison Thomson from Marykirk is pictured receiving a cheque on behalf of Carronhill School from raft race chairman Bruce Tait and committee members'Contributed photograph
Alison Thomson from Marykirk is pictured receiving a cheque on behalf of Carronhill School from raft race chairman Bruce Tait and committee members'Contributed photograph

MORE than a dozen local good causes have benefited from the fund-raising efforts of this year’s Marykirk Raft Race, the proceeds of which were presented on Friday.

The race, held on the North Esk at the end of May, raised the grand total of £7,100. Half of the money was divided equally between children’s charity CHAS Aberdeen and Carronhill School in Stonehaven.

The balance has been distributed to Marykirk Lunch Club, Montrose Coastguards, Marykirk School PCC, Laurencekirk Community Nurses, First Responders, St. Andrew’s First Aid, Craigo Community Association, Denlethen Woods, Macmillan Nurses, Marykirk Village Hall, Blaikiewell Horse Sanctuary, Marykirk Pre-school Group, Marykirk WRI and Marykirk Bowling Club. The presentation to Carronhill School was held in the Marykirk Hotel.

The popular annual event attracted an entry of 17 rafts as well as a large turnout of the public who enjoyed a variety of festivities after the race including children’s races, a family pet show, a craft fair and a Fly-Ball dog display as well as a human Fly-Ball race, other competitions and side shows.

Also highly successful was the balloon release. The winner’s balloon tag was picked up on a marker buoy between the Shetlands and the Faroe Islands by the Marine Coastal Agency.