CAFE appeal ‘ringing’ in the donations

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A CHARITY bid to raise funds for crucial community services in Arbroath has got off to a storming start.

Organiser Hamish Fairweather is delighted with the response from people in the first week of the appeal and hopes the generosity will continue.

The CAFE (Community Alcohol Free Environment) Project in Arbroath’s Street Games for All provides activities for young people in Angus year-round to give them an alternative to being out and about on the streets.

Due to struggles in finding funding, the games project decided to launch a fund-raising initiative in the New Year.

They are asking people to donate any old mobile ‘phones they may have to the project. The ‘phones will then be recycled and all cash raised will go towards continuing the good work undertaken in Angus.

Mr Fairweather said: “So far I have collected over 80 ‘phones which has been a great start for the first week. However, we would welcome many more so we can keep up the good work the CAFE Project’s Street Games for All carries out in the Angus area.

“We only need the ‘phone and not the charger.

“I will be contacting many of the large employers in the area and hopefully they and their staff will have unwanted mobile ‘phones that they wish to donate to our appeal.

“It is a great way of raising money from unwanted items and gives the phones a new lease of life in the developing world.

“This is an ongoing appeal so in 2011 we hope to raise a substantial amount of funding for the Street Games for All.”

The Street Games for all initiative was launched last year to benefit young people in the area.

It provides something for everyone as it is not just about the sport - it gives youngsters a chance to participate in something meaningful and positive.

The CAFE Project in Arbroath was the first scheme in the UK to launch the Street Games for All initiative. They use a portable sports pitch to develop street games and traditional football.

Since launching it has spread to incorporate a busy schedule of events throughout the whole county.

The CAFE Project provides leisure, culture, health, education and employment services and outdoor activities for people aged under-25 within Arbroath and the wider Angus area but it needs continued funding to survive.

Many local and community groups also use the facilities provided by the project.

Mr Fairweather continued: “We do a lot of good work with the street football in the various Angus towns on a weekly basis and also fitness training at the Lochlands Centre and Lilybank Day Care Centre in Forfar.

“To continue this work we need this vital funding.

“I am sure many local people who were lucky enough to get a new mobile phone for Christmas will wish to turn an obsolete item into some valuable funding for us.

“We are more than happy to collect ‘phones, or they can be handed in to the CAFE Project at Brothock Bridge.”

The drop-in youth centre operates five days and six nights a week and offers a range of activities for young people between the ages of 11 and 18.

Activities include pool, table tennis, darts, air hockey, an internet cafe, games consoles, board games, weekly competitions, music and a snack bar.

The project also organise regular away trips to the cinema and weekly residentials as well as youth exchange programmes.

If you would like to help by donating a mobile ‘phone please hand it in to the CAFE Project, 7 Brothock Bridge, Arbroath, or contact Hamish Fairweather on 07510 254 327 or hamishfairweather@hotmail.co.uk

You can contact the CAFE Project on 875200.