financial advisers Ferguson Oliver became the first local business to publicly throw their weight behind the Brechin Advertiser’s pens for Afghanistan Appeal.
The appeal, which is being run in conjunction with local TA Captain Lisa Irwin, has enjoyed a very positive response from readers in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year.
Lisa wants to see locals gift as many Biros and felt pens for the children of the war-torn region as is possible.
Lisa also said she was delighted to hear about the initial response having been so positive.
“I am regularly in touch with Steve Mitchell at the “Brechin Advertiser” from our base here in Afghanistan and he has told me that, given the fact the appeal was launched just a week or so before Christmas, the response so far has been excellent.
“We are very hopeful that, some time early in the New Year, we will receive donations from all of the area’s local primary schools, Brechin High School and we also have Gardner Memorial Church and Brechin Cathedral playing a starring role too.
“I am delighted to hear that a local firm like Ferguson Oliver has managed to recruit some big names from the insurance industry to make contributions, as the difference these simple items will make to the every-day lives of these kids is simply enormous.
“We can never have too many pens, so I would urge all locals who haven’t, as yet, collected any pens or felt tipped pens to hand them into the “Brechin Advertiser” office as soon as they possibly can.”
Ferguson Oliver managing director Mike Ferguson said his company was delighted to be able to help out.
He added: “The frustrating thing from my point of view was that the story launching the appeal came out just after I had returned from a conference down south, where a lot of the insurance companies had stalls and where most of them would be only too happy to provide a box of pens for the appeal.
“We have been in touch with some of our contacts in the industry and they were only too glad to help out with the appeal.
“It is a very worthy and cause and one that deserves the backing of every section of the local community. We are delighted to be able to do our bit.”