Sink or swim for popular fund-raiser

Some of the supporters at an earlier Splash event. This year's fund-raiser could be reprieved if new office-bearers can be found.

Some of the supporters at an earlier Splash event. This year's fund-raiser could be reprieved if new office-bearers can be found.

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A highly successful and long-running Kirriemuir charity event is facing an uncertain future due to a lack of leadership.

The plug has already been pulled on this year’s Kirriemuir Splash after the organising committee reluctantly voted to cancel the event following the resignations of three key members.

A fixture in the town’s calendar for 25 years, the swimming marathon has been consistently well supported by local businesses, the Kirriemuir and Forfar public and local schools, raising more than £180,000 for aid organisations across the world.

Last year almost £10,000 was also allocated to the four Kirriemuir churches named as sponsors.

But unless new event leaders are found, its long-term future could be in doubt.

A spokesman said: “Sadly, to date no eager volunteers from Kirriemuir churches or the community have come forward to guide Splash to continuing success in 2015 and beyond. The key responsibilities of chairperson and treasurer remain vacant and as a result the present committee have, with regret, voted to cancel the planned 2015 event - although even at this stage enthusiastic offers of leadership will be welcomed.

“Splash swims have for 25 years attracted huge support. Some contributors have been involved in the event since day one. The very last thing we expected, at the peak of the event’s success, to be announcing its cancellation.

“Splash retains a willing committee who have each served for several years. But, new leadership is needed.”

Anyone keen to get involved can contact info@kirriemuirsplashswim.org, Peter Andrews on 01575 572129 or Bill Allan on 01575 572139.