G&S Society’s charity concert a success

- Gilbert and Sullivan at the Burn House'Members of St. Andrew's University Gilbert and Sullivan Society performing a charity concert at the Burn House, Edzell. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

- Gilbert and Sullivan at the Burn House'Members of St. Andrew's University Gilbert and Sullivan Society performing a charity concert at the Burn House, Edzell. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

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A charity concert held at Burn House, Edzell, was able to raise over £670 for Goodwill and Growth Africa.

St Andrews University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society attend Burn House for an annual performance to help raise funds for the charity.

Irene Gillies, who helped organise the event, said: “Our evening at the Burn House, Edzell was a wonderful success.

“There were more young people than before and it was a sell out with a very supportive audience.

“Songs from various Gilbert and Sullivan operas were sung to everyone’s enjoyment.”

The full total raised for Goodwill and Growth Africa (GAGA) was £677.26.

Discussing the work the charity does, Irene said: “This small charity’s main aim is education and this year, since the charity moved out into the communities, four students have finished their courses at University.

“They also support and instruct families to be self sufficient. Instruction is given on improving cultivating the ground, surrounding their gardens and then being able to sell the extra produce.

“Cooperatives have since developed with success. Support is given to a group of ladies who have been given a portakabin and run a soup kitchen for 60 orphans in a village.”

She continued: “A donation was given to supply gas for three months and of course this support will be continued.

“A group has been organised to make toys from recycled materials.

“The HIV programme continues. A machine has just been bought that will allow people to have their blood tested in the field and receive their results in 20 minutes.”

Irene added: “GAGA have raised £130,000 and we would like to thank all who contribute to our charity especially those who donated to our raffle - Blacks, Co- op, Lidl, Turrifs, Glencadam, Sanpando, Boots, Brymers, Farmfoods, Davidsons, R H Hairdressing, Trinity Garden Centre, Edzell Tweed Warehouse, Mckays and Sunrise.

“Thank you to all the staff at the Burn House and especially all the young people from the University.”