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Highland Rugby Football Club Ends Centenary Year by Spreading Christmas Cheer

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£4,000 worth of Christmas presents delivered to MFR Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal

The Highland Rugby Football Club (Highland RFC) has finished its centenary year with a huge donation of Christmas presents for MFR Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal valued at around £4,000.

Representatives from Highland RFC delivered the Christmas presents to the Mission Christmas HQ at Co-op on Telford Street in Inverness earlier this week.

Van loaded with presents for Mission Christmas.

Amongst the presents were 40 rugby balls, 110 cotton Highland RFC T-shirts, 20 footballs, eight football goals, 10 dream tents, 24 books, 11 games of Connect 4, nine bike helmets, six skateboards, 10 Bluetooth speakers, 10 sets of Earbuds and five lava lamps.

Speaking about the Mission Christmas appeal, Andrew Russell from Highland RFC said:

“This has been a team effort from Highland RFC and what a great way to end our centenary year by bringing some Christmas cheer.

“Money was raised thanks to the sale of Highland Rugby Club Whisky as well as donations from our veterans section.

“Cash for Kids does amazing work and this year more than ever, families across the Highlands are struggling.

“We wanted to do our bit to help the charity in its mission to make sure that every child in the north of Scotland has a reason to smile on Christmas morning.

“Although we bought lots of presents you might expect like the skateboards and Bluetooth speakers, we were guided by the team at Cash for Kids who advised us of some essential items for older children this Christmas, so we bought a lot of snuddies, cosy socks, hats, gloves and hot water bottles.

“This just demonstrates how challenging life is for so many families at the moment.

“On behalf of Highland RFC, I’d like to thank everyone who helped us on the biggest Christmas shopping trip I think I’ve ever been involved with!

“Thank you to Smyths Toy Superstore, B&M and Focus Vehicle Rental for their generous support.”

As part of the 100th anniversary of Highland RFC, the club set out to do 100 good deeds in the community in 2022.

Activities included 100 food hampers for the homeless and elderly which were distributed by senior players; 100 balls for the community where 100 rugby balls were left in Inverness parks with a message written on them to encourage young people to play; a charity auction at the centenary dinner; and a bike ride where members of the club cycled 100 miles for 100 years and raised over £10,000 for charities.

Lauren Macinnes from Cash for Kids added:

“We are extremely grateful to Highland RFC for this amazing delivery of Christmas presents.

“This will make such a difference to children and young people in the north of Scotland this Christmas.

“Thank you.”

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