We recently received this great news from Sports Challenge:
Thanks to your support, three north-east charities which focus on supporting people in achieving their goals in life will also benefit from Sportschallenge 2014.
In addition to Maggie’s Aberdeen and Children’s Aid, we are giving our backing to Choices Aberdeen, Aberdeen Cyrenians and Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA), which will receive a share of funds raised.
Last year’s Sportschallenge raised more than £100,000 for deserving charities and with a record number of competitors signed up, we hope that this year’s sell-out event will surpass that record.
Nick Dalgarno, managing director at Simmons, said: “Every year Sportschallenge gives us the chance to give something back to the community through support for deserving local charities. With so many nominations being submitted, it has been a difficult task landing on this year’s beneficiaries. Those chosen have all met our criteria of being small, local and lacking in significant corporate profiling. Aside from a five number donation, the real benefit of being associated with Sportschallenge is the opportunity to be front and centre at an evening attended by over 700 professionals.
“The money raised will make a real difference to people in the north-east, going directly to charities which provide much-needed support and care.
“With support from our Gold Sponsors CNR, Viking SeaTech and Derrick Offshore, Simmons has hosted this event for three years, and it keeps getting bigger and better. Sportschallenge is something that we are immensely proud to be a part of and we are all looking forward to raising substantial funds to help these important local causes.”
Choices Aberdeen promotes positive relationships; supporting and empowering people in making choices which will enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing. It offers support to youth groups and young mothers.
Linsey Revell, youth counselling manager and acting centre manager of Choices Aberdeen, explains that on a relatively small budget the charity does a lot of work valued not only by the young people they work with, but also by staff in schools and other services they work with.
She said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Sportschallenge. Choices Aberdeen is passionate about promoting and supporting positive relationships and the additional funding will allow us to extend the education and intervention work we do in schools and with other youth projects in the city.”