Charity fundraiser in a jam after council hall licenses and rents took most of the totals

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:33 GMT on Friday, 2nd November 2012.

Picture is copyright of Oxjam Cumbernauld 2012.
THE Cumbernauld Events Forum has said that they “learned a lot” from their October fundraiser, Oxjam Cumbernauld 2012.

The Forum, whose Chair, David Cooke hit the headlines a few weeks ago after pre-event budgeting showed that the fundraiser would pay more to North Lanarkshire Council for licenses are rental fees, said that the Oxjam fundraiser never “raised a lot for Oxjam”.

The event held numerous musical events throughout October although the Forum held Oxjam Cumbernauld’s big fundraiser at the Link Community Facility, in Bron Way from 10am-10pm last Saturday (27th October).

The event, which was opened by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn featured some of Scotland's finest musicians ranging in varied genres from Acoustic right through to Rock, dance acts and many more events aimed at families and different age groups.

Reflecting on the success of the 2012 Oxjam Cumbernauld fundraiser, a spokesman for Cumbernauld Events Forum said: “We have learned a lot from the Oxjam event.

“It was an amazing event but there was a couple of things to change and improve for the next event coming really soon.

“Unfortunately due to low turnout at the Oxjam events and all the costs from North Lanarkshire Council the event has not raised a lot for Oxfam as it just raised enough to pay fees for lets and licences, etc.

“Nevertheless we will have the Oxjam Cumbernauld 2013 next year and there will be a lot of changes and things took out from this year.

“Thank you to everyone who was there including all the acts and volunteers and a special thanks to Seraph Sin for helping out a lot before, during and after the events.”