Have You Herd About Stockbridge Elephant Auction
Friday, 09 December 2011
A 30-strong herd of handcrafted elephants will be auctioned off this weekend to raise money for two Edinburgh charities.
Each of the colourful paper mache animals will be available to bid for from 2pm this Sunday at the LifeCare Centre, Cheyne Street.
One will also be gifted to the winner of the children's competition, in which children in Stockbridge took part in a game to spot the odd thing out in shop windows.
Raffle tickets will be on sale for £1 for a chance to win a host of fantastic prizes including a Janet Adam bowl and an hour-long massage donated by Balance Physiotherapy.
Funds from the fantastic elephant jumboree raised will be donated to Edinburgh's Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) and LifeCare.
Stockbridge independent businesses including restaurants, cafés, and shops have clubbed together as a community to raise vital funds for the charities. Each of the shops and businesses have decorated their elephants and showcased them in their windows on the run up to the charity auction.
Organisers Rhona Johnston and Eleanor Spens have also successfully completed a host of fundraising activities including a Christmas craft fair and a kids 'elephant trail'.
Eleanor, owner of the Laurel Gallery, said: "The auction will take place this Sunday and we hope to raise as much money as possible for our two local causes. We picked LifeCare and SKFF because we wanted to do our bit to help the old and the young of the capital.
"The auction and raffle will be a great day out for the family. The elephants have been popular with the children in Stockbridge so far and the designs have captured their imaginations.
"Each of our starring elephants is decorated in its own original style. We have a rustic Indiana Jones themed animal, one donning Edinburgh Accies colours and emblem and one hand painted by artist Mark Nicholas Edwards.
"Last year, we raised over £11,500 at our giraffe themed fundraiser. If we raise half of that amount this year we will be really happy."
Rachel McKenzie, community fundraising manager at Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: "We would like express our appreciation to Eleanor and Rhona for all of the time and hard work they have dedicated to raising much needed funds for SKFF.
"The local businesses involved have done a terrific job of individually decorating the elephants and I'm sure they will be a success on Sunday.
"Donations make up a vital part of the funds we raise here at the SKFF. It is important to us to pass on our sincere appreciation to the kind hearted members of the Stockbridge business community who have put so much effort into helping SKFF."
NOTES TO EDITOR:
The Sick Kids Friends Foundation helps sick children get better by funding extra medical equipment, improving facilities, financing specialised research and training and providing a wide variety of extra comforts for young patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, other health centres in the East of Scotland and in the Community. For more information please visit http://www.edinburghsickkids.org/.