Action for Children Scotland has been named as the inaugural charity for a new partnership with the Highland division of Scottish Land and Estates. As part of the exciting initiative, landowners across the region will aim to raise £70,000 for the children’s charity over the next two years.
Scottish Land & Estates is a membership association, acting as the voice for estates, farms and land based businesses in rural Scotland. By supporting Action for Children Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates hope to invest in the next generation.
Amongst its 500 members across the Highlands, Islands and Moray, the Scottish Land & Estates’ highland region will hold a variety of activity days and events for the community on their land and at selected properties from now until December 2015 to raise funds for the charity.
Hilary Canto, fundraiser at Action for Children Scotland, said: “This is a really exciting initiative that seeks to raise vital funds for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and families, whilst bringing communities together to learn about the land and take part in great events at truly stunning locations. There will be lots going on so I urge people to keep an eye out for Scottish Land and Estates fundraising events in their area.”
Action for Children Scotland delivers 19 services across the Highlands, Islands, Moray and Aberdeen – from support for vulnerable families, to projects that aim to reduce rates of reoffending in young men, and including children’s homes.
Gordon Robertson, Chairman of the Highland Region of Scottish Land & Estates, welcomed the establishment of the new partnership. He said: “Landowners, by the nature of their role as custodians, usually have a long-term vision woven into their management objectives. Looking ahead to the next generation fits naturally with the obligations that we all have to educate, care for and inspire our children.
“It is a privilege to be able to play a part in Action for Children’s invaluable work and I feel sure that the membership of Scottish Land & Estates will continue to come forward with imaginative ideas for fund raising and to provide opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters to benefit from positive rural experiences. Our members already contribute a great deal to Scotland’s rural areas and this is another example of their eagerness to invest time and resources and displays how they continue to be a part of the fabric of the rural community.”