Wickerman charity helps educate Tanzanian oprhan

Wickerman fans enjoy the festival every year
Wickerman fans enjoy the festival every year

Wickerman, Galloway’s much-loved music festival, is on track to have its most successful fundraising year to date to help sponsor an orphan in Africa.

Rerrick Events, the non-profit arm of the festival, has been fundraising to educate 10 year old James Okeyo in Tanzania for four years and hopes this year will be the best yet.

The charitable organisation has already been overwhelmed by the generosity of attendees at a special memorial event held in honour of Festival Founder Jamie Gilroy, who died at the end of last year.

Over £2400 was raised, which the festival will build on with further on-site fundraising initiatives throughout the Wickerman weekend.

Jennie Camm, Festival Director and daughter of the late Mr Gilroy, said: “I would like to thank each and every person who donated at my father’s memorial. Both Mum and I were overwhelmed at the generosity of those who attended and I am delighted that this will enable us to support James in furthering his education, something he wouldn’t be able to achieve on his own as an orphan in Tanzania.

“He is an extremely bright and engaging boy and we are thrilled that in some way we are helping him with a solid education and ensuring an exciting future ahead of him.”

The boutique festival has grown to be one of Scotland’s hottest summer parties and has just unveiled that Celtic rockers The Waterboys and super talented singer songwriter Tom Odell will be headlining the main Summerisle Stage this July.

For more information about the charity, full details of this year’s line-up and how to access tickets please visit http://www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk/.

For further information please contact Heather Peebles on 0131 243 6738 or heather@burtgreener.co.uk.

Rerrick Events was established as a not for profit organisation in 2003, when the Wickerman Festival became a limited company. It is run by a local group from Dumfries and Galloway as a vehicle to raise money for charitable causes. For the last four years the organisation has supported a young Tanzanian orphan named James Okeyo, who lives in a small village near Mount Kilimanjaro.

Schools in Tanzania are not free to attend, however James was educated for free until the age of eight as his grandmother worked at his local school. On his eighth birthday, Rerrick Events took on the yearly cost of sending him to school and have raised the fee in various ways, including fundraising in the Wickerman Festival’s children’s area.