Forfar Rotary Club’s international committee held a Big Dinner event recently to raise funds for life-changing prosthetic services in Malawi and Zambia.
The Big Dinner charity was launched by Olivia Giles, a quadruple amputee, to raise £500,000 for people in those regions.
In 2002, Olivia caught life-threatening meningococcal septicaemia and while surgeons managed to save her life, they were forced to amputate both her hands and the lower part of her legs. Without artificial limbs, the disease would have robbed Olivia of her independence. In 2008, she set up 500 Miles, a charity which now gives thousands in Africa the freedom and dignity that the NHS gave her.
The venue for the event was Forfar Athletic’s hospitality suite while the catering was provided by members and their wives.
The introduction and welcome was by Mike Cumming, international convener, and the evening concluded with a vote of thanks by President Alan Cairns who expressed his thanks to the band, all concerned with the food preparation and Forfar Athletic.