ARCHIE Highland

30 January 2017

Highland teenager launches fundraising auction to give something back to ARCHIE Highland

A Highland teenager who has suffered with health problems since she was a baby and has experienced first hand the help and support of ARCHIE Highland has now vowed to give something back with a glitzy fundraising evening for the charity.

Dawn Cowie, 19, of Helmsdale, has spent the last few months organising the Masquerade Ball which includes an auction with some fantastic lots such as a signed Rangers football strip and a signed Hearts football top as well as a two-night stay at a Ness Castle Lodge, Belladrum tickets and the chance to play golf at various top courses around the Highlands.

The auction will be followed by a race night and live music, which will be provided by Caithness band Eclipse.

Dawn had one of her kidneys removed at just nine months old. She has spent much of her life in hospital at both Royal Aberdeen’s Children’s Hospital and the former children’s unit at Raigmore Hospital.

In 2014 she underwent an anti-reflux operation to prevent her from continually developing infections, which often resulted in her being unable to attend school for long periods of time.

Dawn who has been a volunteer with the charity for many years now works for ARCHIE Highland as a fundraising assistant.

She said: “I started arranging this event back in August – before I actually worked here.

“I wanted to make sure that all money raised would benefit the community in this area.

“The Highland Children’s Unit is a fantastic facility which provides advanced care for children in the Highlands as well as also providing accommodation for parents to stay with their children.

“We don’t want to stop now just because the unit is built. We want to ensure the unit remains a top class facility and to support all the hard working staff and the patients.

“As someone who has spent a lot of time in hospital I know how important the children’s unit is to the whole of the Highlands.”

Dawn, a former Golspie High School pupil, has also undertaken her Saltire Award. She has achieved over 300 hours and received her Summit award for her outstanding work between fundraising and volunteering for ARCHIE Highlands.

Dawn has had a huge amount of support from her family with her fundraising efforts for ARCHIE Highland including her boyfriend, Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Ali Sutherland who has just shaved off his beard after taking part in the recent Beards for Bairns challenge for the charity.

Laura Mackintosh, head of fundraising for ARCHIE (Highlands and Western Isles) said: “We are delighted that Dawn is organising such a fantastic event for ARCHIE Highland.

“Before working for ARCHIE Highland, Dawn was a keen volunteer and the fact she now continues to volunteer arranging her own fundraising event is just fantastic and I’m sure it will be a great success.”

The Masquerade Ball will take place at the Bunillidh Social Club in Helmsdale on Saturday 4th February at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of bubbly on arrival.

For more information or to book tickets go to the Archie Foundation Charity Auction & Race Night facebook page or email: archiecharitynight@gmail.com