Waverley Care is celebrating its 25 year of fundraising at the Fringe and is offering the treat to its bucket shakers
An Edinburgh charity is celebrating its 25th appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by offering free tickets to volunteer fundraisers.
Throughout August Waverley Care is looking for people with some spare time to shake buckets to collect festival-goers spare cash and hand out its tartan ribbon pins at the Pleasance Courtyard.
Those who can offer their time to fulfill a shift will be rewarded with passes for shows where available the charity told TFN.
“Shifts are only four hours long and anyone who can commit to doing one or more should get in touch,” Karen Docwra, fundraising manager, at Waverley Care said.
If you find yourself heading along to the Pleasance be sure to come and say hello to our volunteers, and please donate if you can
“Our bucket shakers, and the Tartan Ribbon have become synonymous with the Pleasance and volunteering for a shift is a great way to soak up the festival atmosphere.
“If you are into comedy or theatre, we also have some passes to get bucket shakers into free shows.”
Back in August 1992, when Waverley Care and the Pleasance got together Linford Christie caused shockwaves by winning 100m gold in the Olympic Games held in Barcelona that summer, but nobody batted an eyelid when the charity and venue struck its deal.
The charity was only a couple of years old and the venue was just seen as up and coming to the festival circuit.
Now Waverley Care has become the national leader in its field and The Pleasance is the biggest venue at the Fringe.
In a similar vein to their individual success the pair’s partnership has also grown and has raised £375,000 through benefit shows and fundraisers as well as the bucket collections.
This year the charity has some excellent shows on the Pleasance bill.
On Tuesday 16 August, its Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit returns for another top night of comedy and, throughout the Fringe, it will be benefiting from text donations at Eurobeat, the irreverent, sequin-soaked tribute to Eurovision.
Away from the Pleasance, Off the Kerb has assembled a great line up of comedians for its annual Comedy Gala on Saturday 20 August, and the charity’s friends at Austentatious are presenting another fabulous night of Crosstentatious this Wednesday 10 August.
“With all of this going on, 2016 is shaping up to be another fantastic Fringe for Waverley Care,” Docwra added.
“If you find yourself heading along to the Pleasance to catch a show, or just to enjoy some al fresco drinks, be sure to come and say hello to our volunteers, and please donate if you can.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer or fundraise for Waverley Care during the Fringe should email [email protected].