Stonehaven man Doug McKelvie is to hang up his fundraising hat, with one last grand finale planned for the end of November.
The self-confessed ‘serial fundraiser’ has planned his final event at Stonehaven Golf Club on November 28.
The night will feature two bands, Aberdeen-based ‘Malfunction’ and Perth-based ‘Screaming Demons’.
Doug is hoping to raise enough funds for a volunteer from the Mearns to be part of a Mercy Ship crew for one month, at no cost to themselves.
After 25 years of fundraising, the former Stonehaven Rotary president wants to thank everyone for the support he has received.
He said: “Over the years, I have become what can only be described as a serial fund-raiser.
‘‘Indeed, since moving to Stonehaven in 1988, I have raised funds almost annually, supporting numerous local charities and projects, as well as individuals with specific medical needs.
“At this point I must take the opportunity to thank all of the local (and global) bands and individuals who have given me their time, effort and support at the many events I have organised over the years.
‘‘These include Cindy Douglas, Screaming Demons, Centreline, Johnny Mitchell, Mike Weber and Vocal Zone and let’s not forget Patrice, the notable comedian from the North-east.
‘‘To my family, friends and colleagues who have supported me in attending these events, the evenings in their company have been the highlight of my fundraising career.”
Doug, who is one of the founding members of Mearns FM community radio,has raised around £30,000 throughout the years.
He told us why he chose Mercy ships as his final fundraising benefactors.
He added: “After nearly 25 years of fundraising, I believe it is almost time to hang up my donation cap and my days of selling whisky and perfume trails are almost over.
‘‘Never again will I have to write another quiz.
“I knew that, with so many worthy causes requiring funding, it would not be easy to just go cold turkey, so as a finale, I have decided to make the Mercy Ship charity my final act.
“It was during a visit to Mercy Ship Anastasis, in Dundee, that I saw for myself the care and dedication of the crew.
‘‘These are all volunteer workers who pay for their own food, accommodation and air fares.
“Volunteers include medical professionals taking a sabbatical year, providing free, world-class health care services on board the Africa Mercy.
“However, it is not only medical practitioners who volunteer.
‘‘Engineers, cooks, child minders, hairdressers and caterers all give their time and skills and make a valuable contribution to the effort.
Doug’s fundraiser will take place from 8pm until midnight at the Golf Club.
Tickets cost £9 with 80 tickets available, as well as transport to and from Portlethen Premier Inn.
Get your tickets from Troupers Bar, The Station Hotel, The Golf Club or by calling 07709327646.