Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan launched his football-themed ‘pipeathon’ initiative for charity today at Cappielow Park in a bid to pipe at every professional football ground in Scotland.
Stuart, who is the Scottish Parliamentary Piper plays official events for and on behalf of the Parliament, plans to play the pipes at each SPFL ground over the course of 5 days this July to raise money for a number of charities.
All donations raised will be divided equally for three charities – Cash for Kids, Clydeside Action on Asbestos and the Andy Adams Fund; an Inverclyde firefighter whose life has been irrevocably changed due to an incident he was involved in whilst on duty.
Stuart will start at his local club, Greenock Morton FC and end at Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium. Stuart has also received support from the Scottish Fire and Rescue service, who have kindly offered to let him stay at various fire stations across Scotland as he undertakes his cross-country project.
Commenting on his charity drive, Stuart said:
“I am always willing to do my bit to contribute in any way I can and, as the Scottish Parliament piper and a football fan, I thought that this would be a great way to combine my favourite hobbies to raise money for some very worthy causes.
“All monies raised will be split equally for three charities – Cash for Kids, Clydeside Action on Asbestos and the Andy Adams Fund. I am delighted that all three organisations are happy to receive any financial support that I can help raise, and they have supported this undertaking from the get-go.
“I want to thank all the football clubs and the Scottish fire and rescue service who are taking part in this initiative, and I would like to encourage the wider public to please get in touch with my office to see how they can contribute.”
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