We are absolutely delighted to share that we have had more than 70 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups sign up for this year’s third sector parade and around 30 entertainers register to perform at various locations throughout the city centre – but there are still more spaces to fill.The weekend, which is being held on 27 and 28 August 2016, brings together volunteers, third sector organisations and musical performers to give recognition to their collective efforts.

In what has been a challenging time for the city economically, they feel it is more important than ever to recognise the great work carried out by many third sector organisations across the city, while providing a platform from which local musicians can showcase their talents.

Morven Mackenzie, director of Aberdeen based events company 46 Degrees, the leading force behind Celebrate Aberdeen, said: “Every year we want show the third sector how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to helping those in need and to give them the opportunity to thank their own staff, volunteers and service users.

We have had a great start with more than 70 charities signing up to take part in this year’s celebration but we want more. We know for a fact there are hundreds of third sector organisations out there and we want them to come onboard. The parade is a great opportunity to raise awareness, build brand recognition and let people know what they do.

We are also looking for musicians, dancers, singers and choirs to get involved. With Union Square and the Trinity Centre coming on board this year, along with us having an additional stage down on The Green, we can provide staging areas for people to showcase their talents.

Andrew Reid, Trust and Community Fundraiser with local learning disability charity Inspire has been involved with the event since its inception.

He said: “This will be the sixth year in a row that Inspire has taken part in Celebrate Aberdeen and once again we are all really looking forward to it. The people we support and our staff love the opportunity the event provides for us, to be part of something which demonstrates the wide range of vital work that is done by the many third sector organisations and community groups within Aberdeen.

Everyone knows the difficult economic climate which exists within the North-east at present so now, more than ever, it is important that we showcase the fantastic work that continues to be done within the city and we are excited to be a part of the weekend again in 2016.

The deadline for signing up has been extended to the end of June. Anyone wishing to register for the event should contact Morven Mackenzie on 01224 238419 or morven@mackenzie-brown.com

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