Marafun’s £10,000 boost for cancer research work

THE proceeds of the fifth running of the Rotary Club’s Marafun, staged in central Forfar last May, were presented to Cancer Research at a gathering in the Stag Hotel last Wednesday evening.

At the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club, president Colin Muir extended a welcome to guests Lady Fiona Fraser from Cancer Research, Mark Guild of Guild Homes, Linda Stobbs of Tangent Club and Agnes McKay from Inner Wheel.

After the meal, and before the presentation of the five-figure cheque, Colin Muir focused on the Marafun, its background and its aims.

He explained that Marafun 2010 was the fifth running of an event, originally the idea of Elgin Rotary Club.

Jim Nicoll persuaded the club to try something similar and, together with a very resourceful and hard working committee, organised the inaugural event in May 2002.

It proved a great success and the next three Marafuns were run by Jim before handing over the reins to current Marafun convener Time Hale, who led the club to another successful event with a mixture of old and new additions to the programme.

Mr Muir went on to explain that the Marafun ticks all the boxes to highlight what Rotary is all about. It is a great community event, it’s a major event for the town and it brings together many clubs and organisations

And, due to the contribution of the most important people, ie., the runners raising sponsorship, the event has, over the past decade, raised a total of over £150,000 for Cancer Research and other charities.

“However, the event would not or could not happen without the help and support of many clubs and individuals who give up their time to help us prior to and on the day,” added Mr Muir. “Our major sponsors Guild Homes have, without doubt, been the most supportive of all.

“They stepped in at the very first event and have continued to support us financially to cover the large costs involved in running the Marafun.”

Mark was presented with a framed photo of himself as a runner in the Marafun as well as a framed certificate marking the contribution Guild Homes have given the club.

Thanks were also expressed to president Agnes McKay of Inner Wheel and chairman Lynda Stobbs of Tangent, with best wishes passed on to their members for their assistance during the event.

President Colin then introduced Lady Fiona Fraser, representing Cancer Research, to accept the cheque from the club for £10,000.

She, in return, addressed the club and expressed the delight of Cancer Research to receive such a generous donation and also to pass on the good wishes of Jackie Wood from Cancer Research who herself is battling cancer.

Mark Guild, in his reply to the club, intimated that Guild Homes would again be at the forefront of sponsoring the 2012 Marafun, which is already being planned by Marafun convener Tim Hale.

The Rotary Club of Forfar is indeed indebted to Mark for his generosity in these difficult times.

More details of Marafun 2012 will shortly be released by convener Tim Hale, who will actively be seeking fresh ideas and, where possible, more sponsorship to make sure of the continuing success of the Marafun in the local community.