A number of charities will benefit after thousands of pounds were raised in an art initiative organised by Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Rotary Club.

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The Cat Parade was held at the Marcliffe Hotel on Wednesday 28 September and featured 100 replicas of ‘Kelly’s Cat’s, which adorn the parapet of Union Bridge. They were painted by school pupils and RGU students, as well as professional and amateur artists, in a variety of unique and creative designs. img_5181

The Streetsport initiative, founded by Robert Gordon University and the Denis Law Legacy Trust, was one of three charities that will receive funding from the £30,000 success of the auction.

Cameron Craddock, Co-founder of Streetsport and Senior Lecturer at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art, said: “We would like to thank the Rotary Club for including Streetsport on their list of worthy causes and providing their invaluable support.

“The Streetsport initiative was introduced by Police Scotland and Robert Gordon University ten years ago as part of a joint community initiative and continues to provide a range of free sports and creative activities for hard to reach young people throughout the city.

“Thanks to the significant support of organisations like the Rotary Club, we are able to reach out to more local youths and communities.”

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Streetsport Development Officer Mark Williams said: “The Bon Accord Rotary have supported us on many occasions now and it is fantastic to see our partnership growing from strength to strength.

“Looking further ahead, the Rotary’s continued support will see a Streetsport participant receive full funding to attend a ‘Youth Leadership Award’ residential camp, which will place them in challenging situations to help develop leadership and team-bonding skills, while increasing personal confidence. It will be a wonderful opportunity.”

Sam Murray, project manager of the Cat Parade, said: “We set out to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Aberdeen by running a civic arts project which would capture the imagination of the people of Aberdeen. The response exceeded our expectations and we are delighted to be able to provide the Streetsport initiative with an injection of cash to help it continue with its outstanding work”.

For purther information: http://www.catparade.co.uk/

Release by Jonathon Milne
Communications Officer | RGU
Press and Media Enquiries

 

 

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