The 2021 Perth Silent Auction has raised over £17,000 to warm the hearts of local charities this winter.
The fundraiser organized by the Rotary Club of Perth in partnership with the Perthshire Advertiser team had to be put on hold last year due to the pandemic.
Initially, it was feared that this year’s auction would suffer a similar fate.
But, encouraged by positive feedback from former supporters of the Perth and Kinross business community, the organizers decided to take up the challenge again.
Rotary club president Joe Cairns said yesterday that Big County’s kind-hearted businesses and ever-giving public deserve a huge pat on the back.
“We decided to go ahead with this year’s silent auction after collecting surveys from various long-time supporters,” he explained.
“As always, the AP has been very supportive.
“We appreciated that this was always going to be difficult in light of the continued impact of COVID in its various forms.
“Unfortunately, businesses in some sectors of the economy continue to suffer from the economic fallout.
“So we had to be realistic in continuing a successful fundraising that dates back to 2007.
“But in speaking with various charities that Rotarians have supported in the past, it became clear that many of them had suffered severe drops in revenue, with many of their regular fundraising events having had to be cancelled.
“It encouraged us to test the waters and thankfully the 2021 silent auction brought in much more than we had anticipated.”
Silent auction co-ordinator David Lindsay added: “Quite frankly the total of £17,000 is fantastic and our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who played a part.”
Perth Royal Infirmary’s Cornhill Macmillan Center has been supported from the very first silent auction.
With the dust settling on the latest fundraiser, the overall total is closing in on the £400,000 mark.
“It’s a phenomenal sum to have raised considering the unprecedented environment we are all going through,” David said.
“We are thrilled that so many businesses have rallied to the cause and donated so many lots for generous bidders to join us.”