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Children put the fun in fundraising

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​Liz Kliskey is a member of various community groups in Callander and is fundraising for Marie Curie's Great Daffodil appeal.

I moved up to Callander from London in 1989 as my husband’s job changed. I stopped working when I had my first child in 2000 and I’ve never gone back. Ever since, I have done a lot of work with different local groups in various capacities and as a volunteer I set up a cubs’ group for Callander in 2009.

I set it up because I wanted my children Harris (14) and Sam (11) to go to cubs but there wasn’t one here. All the local packs were full in the surrounding areas and they couldn’t get in. So, I thought if you can’t get in you just have to do it for yourself.

We are called the 9th Callander Scout Group and within that we have beavers, cubs and scouts. My children have now left cubs and have gone to scouts, but I’ve just carried on as the cub leader and group section leader overseeing all the sections.

Throughout the year we do a litter pick, and attend Remembrance and youth carol services along with the Brownies and Girlguides.

On 29 March we are raising money for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil appeal in Callander Square along with the Ladies Circle.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about Marie Curie

I was contacted by Marie Curie in my role as vice-chair of the Callander Community Development Trust and for the past two years I have collected, along with children from my cub and beaver sections, and it has been great fun. The Great Daffodil Appeal is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about Marie Curie and the work that it does in the community.

The children from my cub and beaver sections really enjoy collecting as it also goes towards their promise and community challenge badges, which means as well as trying to raise as much money as possible, they can see the positives of giving something back to the community.

The great thing about having the children on the street is we get a lot of donations from locals and tourists who visit by coach at his time of year. They are lovely because when they see children, they go down the whole line and put money in each child’s bucket so they are not disappointed.

Marie Curie is close to my heart as my sister died of cancer in 2010. She didn’t have the opportunity to use Marie Curie but I just think in the situation when you are this poorly it’s nice to be at home rather than in a hospital somewhere.