Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:39 GMT on Monday, 6th August 2012.
Cumbernauld College raise £thousands for charity

CUMBERNAULD College has raised over £4,000 for two very grateful charitable organisations, following a charity dinner.

The Charity Sports Dinner was held at the college’s Cumbernauld campus on Friday 15th June and raised vital funds for the Aaron Brown Rainbow Foundation and the Cumbernauld Rotary Club.

As well as enjoying a three course dinner, prepared and served by the catering students, the ninety-six guests watched the England versus Sweden game on the big screen, with football legends Sandy Clark and Davie Hay, giving half time analysis on the match.

Martin McGuire, Principal of Cumbernauld College, said: “The Charity Sports Dinner was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.

“We were able to raise a fantastic amount of money for two important causes.

“I would like to thank our catering students for keeping everyone fed and watered and to all of those who attended. It was a night to remember.”

The auction proved popular at the event with prizes including a signed boxing glove from Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe, a limited edition print by artist Gerard Burns, a signed Celtic shirt, a signed Sone Aluko Rangers shirt and a golf club signed by Stephen Gallacher. In addition, each table had golden tickets and the lucky winners received signed autobiographies from Sandy and Davie.

The Aaron Brown Rainbow Foundation was established in 2011 in memory of Aaron Brown, who was born with the rare genetic childhood illness, Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD). In ARPKP, cysts grow on the kidneys and cause severe damage.

Laura McNair, Trustee of the charity, said: “On behalf of the Arran Brown Rainbow Foundation, I would like to thank Cumbernauld College for its generous gift. The College’s commitment to helping support our family and families in a similar position is sincerely appreciated.

“Over the last year the charity has continued to grow and advance our mission and vision. Through various fund raising events we have able to provide support to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation (YCF) to improve the lives of families and patients whilst in the hospital.

“The goal of the Arran Brown Rainbow Foundation is to continue to make a difference in increasing the awareness of ARPKD and to support charities, hospitals and other groups. With the help of donations from supporters such as Cumbernauld College we will continue to see improvements in ARPKD awareness.”

The money raised for the Cumbernauld Rotary Club will go towards educating children in Aeta, Philippines. This area is one of the poorest in the country and a lack of education contributes to problems including malnutrition, social disorganisation and environmental degradation.

In 2005, the rotary club set-up a school for the Aeta tribe in the village of Bilad where it costs around £50 a year to education one child.

Frank Clark, treasurer of Cumbernauld Rotary Club, said: “Our relationship with the College goes back many years and the Charity Sports Dinner Dinner was one of a number of joint initiatives designed to provide support for those less fortunate than ourselves.

“We are indebted to the Principal and his staff, but in particular, to the students for all of their hard work in making the event such an outstanding success.

“The people of Cumbernauld and beyond are fortunate in having a College with such a strong and commendable community orientation and as a Rotary Club we look forward to maintaining the partnership which we enjoy.”