Last chance to vote as deadline set

THE FINAL deadline has been set for Arbroath Herald readers to vote for their chosen causes in the ‘Giving back to the community’ campaign.

Voting will close on Monday, October 1, so in order to ensure your chosen cause is in with a chance make sure you have placed your vote.

The ‘Giving back to the community’ campaign was the idea of local businessmen Valy and Shiraz Ossman who wanted to give something back to the community.

The Ossman brothers are looking to donate a total of £10,000 to Arbroath-based good causes, and teamed up with the Arbroath Herald to allow our readers to decide on how awards of £5,000, £3,000 and £2,000 are made.

Voting began after the shortlist of causes was drawn up by a panel including Valy, Graeme Dey MSP and Herald reporter Johnston Ralston.

r Mike’s Bikes gives disengaged young people the chance to develop as individuals through the restoration of motorbikes and buggies.

r Help For Abandoned Animals provides a sanctuary for animals and attempts to re-home them, it also provides volunteering opportunities to people with additional needs or the unemployed.

r ART MOVES is a charity which encourages people with learning difficulties to engage with the arts and develop their communication skills and self confidence.

r The Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council Fireworks Sub-Committee this year took over the planning for the popular Arbroath fireworks display which attracts thousands.

r The Arbroath Skatepark Project Club was set up in 2010 and gained charity status earlier this year. The group aim to build a skate park to benefit Arbroath youths and to help draw visitors to the town.

r The League of Friends of Arbroath Infirmary and Little Cairnie has provided a voluntary service to both hospitals since 1946 and try to make life more comfortable for patients.

r The CAFE Project engages young people from socially and economically disadvantaged or with additional needs backgrounds by providing them with a range of fulfilling activities.

r The Furniture Recycling Project on Wardmill Road help people on low incomes to furnish their homes at an affordable price with good quality secondhand furniture.

r The Bruce Road Community Flat provides a safe environment and facilities such as internet, laundry.

r Showcase the Street won the Angus Ambassador Award in 2010 for their community service, they train volunteers to take dance to after school clubs, Enable, and other groups.

Votes will continue to be collected in a number of ways until Monday, October 1. Voters can email either or with their choice.

Or you can vote via Twitter by tweeting @heraldjohnston or @Arbroath_Herald.