Help fight against polio

STONEHAVEN rotarians are hoping to reinforce the battle to finally eradicate polio when a group of young entertainers perform at Stonehaven Town Hall on August 9.

Rotary International say that after 25 years of hard work, a campaign involving themselves and their partners is on the brink of wiping out the crippling disease, but a “strong push” is needed now to root it out once and for all.

This is why any cash raised at the Stonehaven concert will be so important, as Stonehaven Rotary Club member Frank Budd underlined.

The concert at 7.30pm in the Town Hall is part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and will feature an evening of song, dance and folk performances from some of the world’s best young artists.

Mr Budd, one of the event organisers, said he hopes the performers from the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus and Mamana Youth Folk Band (Bahrain) will hopefully raise the roof and provide not only marvellous entertainment but help for the ongoing polio campaign. The Akiwacu (Burundi) folk band are not now appearing but a replacement act for them may be arranged according to the festival organisers.

Stonehaven Rotary Club have been involved in helping to stage youth festival concerts for many years and as well as overseeing the event and also manning a bar, club members provide support, entertainment and food for the festival performers who come to the town.

Mr Budd said the rotary club were “very privileged” as a result of their long-standing link to the festival to be given a choice of the acts the festival organisers could supply for the Stonehaven venue.

“We feel that this year we have been able to secure an excellent cross-section of young performers from different countries.

“Over the last few years we have raised money for charities both at home and abroad from these concerts, but the main focus over the past few years has been to help the Polio Plus campaign and a lot of people will not know that we have almost reached the stage where polio has been eradicated almost completely.

“Now we are looking for more support for this good cause from this excellent event.”

Mr Budd said tickets for the concert had been selling “quite steadily” so far and were available from Stonehaven Tourist Office and from rotarians including Jane Davidson at Jane’s Design Studio and Peter O’ Dowd at Robertson’s Bakery.