Rotary’s plans for bigger and better Forfar Marafun

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PLANNING has now begun in earnest for the 2014 Forfar Marafun, with the organisers - Forfar Rotary Club - promising this will be the “biggest and best” event to date.

The club has invited organisations from the length and breadth of Angus to help make Marafun 2014 the biggest and best event since the club organised their first Marafun in 2002.

Since then some £147,000 has been raised for Cancer relief making Marafun the largest single contributor to the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre other than by corporate business donations.

However, Forfar Rotary is confident that, with support from across the Angus community, they will do even better next year with over 100 teams competing in what has become a bi-annual flagship event for Forfar.

Rotary Marafun 2014 Convener David Valentine told the Dispatch and Herald: “Our next Marafun will be held on May 25, 2014. Our aim will be to have teams from across the county enjoying the experience of Marafun and at the same time raising money for their own charity or local organisation.

“The event will be a major attraction for families and competitors alike bringing visitors from outside Angus as well as from the various burghs.”

He continued: “We need help from the public and from local organisations across Angus to encourage even more teams. As well as making the route more user friendly, various sponsors will donate prizes for the “Best” teams.

“Our aim will be to have at least five teams in each category including local firms, pubs, restaurants, schools, colleges, voluntary organisations, supermarkets, police, fire, NHS, council, armed services and other groups.

“The great thing is that, as well as raising money for Cancer Research, the individual teams will have the opportunity to raise much needed cash for their own chosen projects and charities.”

Mark and Robin Guild, owners of Guild Homes, the company that has sponsored Marafun since it began in 2002 said: “We are proud of what Forfar Rotary and Marafun have achieved for Cancer Research and also for the local community.

“We are now looking forward to 2014 when hopefully more companies like our own from across Angus will get on board to make it an even bigger and more successful event for Forfar and the county.”

Instead of having one major sponsor for the event, Forfar Rotary have agreed with Guild Homes that several sponsors will be invited to come on board.

Mark Guild added: “As the main sponsor of the event since its inception we feel certain that more local companies in each of the Angus burghs should be provided with the opportunity to get involved.

“Local companies can get involved in a variety of ways. Now the event is growing on a county wide level, we will continue to support Forfar Rotary by encouraging more local firms to get on board either by sponsoring the event, sponsoring a “Best team” category or simply by entering a team.”

Over the years the Marafun has been well supported in the town, with the town centre route lined with spectators cheering on the relay teams, some of which have completed the course in fancy dress.

David Valentine concluded: “We believe that local organisations, local companies, shopkeepers and the voluntary sector will want to help us make Marafun 2014 the most successful event yet and we are keen to get their ideas on how we can improve upon previous years. We have already discussed our plans with a number of people and have made a few changes to make it even more enjoyable. However, we are sure that local people will have some more good ideas and I would encourage everyone to let us know what they think by visiting www.forfarrotary.org.uk where they can leave a message or a contact number.”