If you fancy going to a slap-up dinner in Stonehaven and then paying whatever you like for it - your time has definitely come?
Stonehaven Rotary Club will be staging the novel eating event at the town’s Invercarron Resource Centre on Saturday, May 2, in aid of the 500 Miles charity.
It was set up by quadruple amputee and Edinburgh lawyer, Olivia Giles, to support the development and delivery of prosthetic and orthotic services in Malawi and Zambia and to an extent in Zanzibar.
The aim is to help children and young people with impaired mobility to get moving, as well and as independently as possible, by helping them access prostheses and orthoses. Prostheses are devices which replace missing body parts, while orthoses are devices, like splints, which support body parts which are weak or don’t function properly.
The charity say that in Malawi, Zambia and Zanzibar, when people are born with deformities, lose their limbs or the use of their limbs due to accident, disease or poverty, many of them also lose their livelihoods, homes or families – and the most vulnerable even die.
The charity work to give them back their lives, by making prosthetic and orthotic devices as accessible and as affordable as possible, not just today but on a long-term and sustainable basis.
Olivia Giles was working as a lawyer in 2002 when she caught meningococcal septicaemia and had to have her hands and feet amputated to save her life.
In 2007 she founded the charity, named after The Proclaimers’ “I would walk 500 miles” lyric.
Stonehaven Rotary Club’s social convenor, Pauline Simpson, said: ”You do not need to be a Rotarian to attend and we are looking for 50 people to come along on the night.
“What we are talking about is helping to give people back their lives and helping them to be self-sufficient.
‘‘We can sit down for this meal and help people get up and walk.
‘‘There hasn’t been anything like this in Stonehaven before and people can simply donate what they think their dinner is worth to help this charity.”
She added that people attending can take along their own drinks.
Produce for the special event is being donated by The Co-operative, McHardy’s butchers, the Creel fish shop, Farmfoods and Kirktown Garden Centre.
The event begins at 7pm for 7.30.
Anyone interested should contact Pauline on 07817 140705.