23rd June 2020 ~ For Immediate Release ...
Scottish Canal Network: A new fund has just been launched by “Scottish Waterways for All” to help the many charities based on the Scottish Canal network, who’s activities have been seriously curtailed during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Named “The Big Splash”, the campaign is an appeal to help support the many small waterway-based charities in our local communities to ensure their survival during these unprecedented times. Without immediate help, the coronavirus pandemic could prove disastrous for many of these volunteer led organisations.
The future of these charities - who provide vital opportunities for local people, often disadvantaged, with disabilities or simply unable to otherwise enjoy the waterways - is threatened. Being unable to operate during the pandemic lockdown, many of them have seen their fundraising income disappear or being drastically reduced, putting the benefit they provide to so many communities at risk.
These very local charities provide people with opportunities in life where, and when, it is needed the most - from helping tackle loneliness and dementia, to supporting disadvantaged children and young people in some of the most deprived parts of the country.
What they all have in common is that they carry out their invaluable work on our wonderful waterways bringing beauty and well-being to the heart of diverse communities. Our canals are acknowledged as an important contributor to the health and wellbeing of those that use them, or live within close proximity to them.
Stuart Rennie of Scottish Waterways for All explains ..,
“A unique feature of The Big Splash is that all funds raised will go direct to the charity nominated by those donating, ensuring that local communities can support their favourite organization.
“The charities participating in the campaign are wide and varied, providing cycling for the disabled, cruising for the elderly & infirm, abuse recovery programmes, volunteer maintenance on the canals, or providing valuable community & tourist facilities ~ the list goes on and on.”
Full details on The Big Splash and the participating organisations are available on the Scottish Canal Volunteers web site at www.scv-awards.co.uk where you can select the charity you wish to support, and donate using the Just Giving programme.