Places being snapped up for Stonehaven Rotary Dinner

Invercarron Resource Centre
Invercarron Resource Centre

A move by Stonehaven Rotary Club to support an international charity through a pay-what-you-like dinner idea, looks like being a success.

Places are being snapped up fast for the novel eating event at the town’s Invercarron Resource Centre on Saturday May 2.

The meal, a first for Stonehaven, will be in aid of the 500 Miles charity, 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.

And Stonehaven Rotary Club’s social convenor Pauline Simpson revealed this week that the plucky lawyer will be attending the special event.

She said: “I am delighted that we will have the pleasure of her company and that she will give a speech at the special night. My target is to get 50 people to come along for a specially prepared meal that they can pay what they like for and space is filling up fast.”

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, whilst 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 underline they 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.

You do not need to be a Rotarian to take part in an event that Stonehaven Rotary Club underline is designed to give people back their lives and help them to be self-sufficient.

People attending can bring their own alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

Produce for the three-course 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 7.30pm and anyone interested can contact Pauline on 07817 140705 (07817 140705)