Ellon fundraising evening for Thai Mercy Centre

A LOCAL woman is getting behind a fundraising effort to help abandoned and vulnerable children in Thailand by organising a evening of music and entertainment in Ellon.

Julie Livingstone from Ellon is one of the team behind the event to support the Mercy Centre UK charity, which supports the work of the Mercy Centre in Bangkok. As well as their work with street children and orphans, the team of carers in Bangkok also respond to emergencies in the city’s slum communities, and provide shelter, protection & care to children & adults dying from AIDS.

The fundraising evening, which takes place on Friday 26 August in the New Inn Hotel from 8pm until late, will feature the Graham Geddes band. Well known around the North East, the band play a mixture of ceilidh and covers. In a twist to their usual set, to help raise money for the charity, the band are also offering to play any requests and make dedications from their extensive repertoire for £2 a time.

“It promises to be a really good night”, said Julie, who spoke to the Times last week. “The Mercy Centre helps to get people off the streets, as well as feed, clothe and educate them, so people can be sure that they will be helping to support a very worthwhile cause.

“We’re hoping to raise £4,000 and to help us get there, we’re organising a silent auction. We’ve also got two hampers to give away – one of which is a ‘Come dine with me hamper, which includes vouchers for the Linsmhor Hotel in Pitmedden and the Nazma Tandoori.”

The Bangkok Mercy Centre provides a shelter for street children, four orphanages, a hospice, a home for mothers and children with HIV/AIDS, a 400-pupil kindergarten, a community meeting place, and small gardens and playgrounds in the city’s slums. Originally built on a former Buddhist Temple site on port authority property, the Mercy Centre was rebuilt in 2000, although it has stood in some shape or form for 30 years.

Tickets, which cost £15, include a stovie supper, and can be bought from The Coffee Pot, or direct from Julie on 07841 928388.