Choir night swells Cumbernauld News appeal

Cumbernauld College students present the cheque for Justechnique choir competition proceeds to Pat Duffy of the Guide Dogs charity
Cumbernauld College students present the cheque for Justechnique choir competition proceeds to Pat Duffy of the Guide Dogs charity

THE proceeds from the JusTechnique glee choir competition have now been donated to Guide Dogs.

The charity, currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of the first British guide dog’s deployment, is £1400 better off thanks to the terrific efforts of the Cumbernauld College students and local primary schools who took part in this event, which supported a News and Chronicle funding campaign.

Six schools located near Cumbernauld College’s campuses in Cumbernauld and Lenzie entered the singing competition held at St Mungo’s Church, which was organised by HNC Events students at the college.

Condorrat, Cumbernauld, Holy Cross, Whitelees, Lenzie Moss and Millersneuk all did us proud,

The cheque was presented at the college to Pat Duffy, local fundraiser for Guide Dogs. Pat, who met with college students as they planned the event and also gave a speech on the night about the good work done by Guide Dogs, said: “It was a tremendous night and it was obvious that everyone - the pupils and staff from the schools, the students and the Cumbernauld News - put in a lot of hard work which really showed. I really enjoyed it myself and £1400 is definitely not to be sniffed at – it will cover the cost of training and feeding a guide puppy for a full year. This was definitely a worthwhile event.”

After much deliberation the judging panel of Chris Judge from Voice Jam Ltd, singer TJ Bilham and News and Chronicle editor Jack Shennan event declared Lenzie Moss the overall winners on the night, but agreed that every performance was outstanding.

Jack Shennan added: “It really was a brilliant night and there was a huge audience cheering on their favourite choirs.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and I’m really pleased that it raised so much for Guide Dogs, a charity which makes such a huge difference to so many blind and partially sighted people day in, day out.”

With the event declared a storming success by all involved, hopes are high that this was not the last competition of its kind. Of course, if it is repeated you’ll read about it first in your favourite local newspaper!