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Beetle drive for Red Cross Week

7 May 2012

Press release

For immediate release Monday 7 May 2012

For further information  Derek Masterton

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Beetle drive

Residents are being asked to put their drawing skills to the test to help raise funds for Red Cross Week 2012.

A Beetle Drive is taking place on Thursday 10 May 2012 at 7pm at St David’s Church Hall in Dalkeith, Edinburgh. For those who haven’t heard of a Beetle Drive, it is basically a game of luck; groups of four roll dice hoping to throw the correct numbers in the right order to draw the different parts of a beetle. Entry is £3 which includes tea or coffee and a bun or cookie. A raffle will also be drawn on the night. 

Volunteer Tessa Brown, who is organising the event with Isa Duff said: “It’s great fun and there’s lots of laughter; you can get quite excited because it can be quite quick playing it. “If you get the whole beetle drawn you shout beetle and the game stops. It’s a fun night, you can meet up with friends, have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat and raises money for the Red Cross at the same time.”

Last year, Red Cross volunteers raised more than £943,477 during Red Cross Week and the money was used to support our vital work in the UK and overseas, providing unconditional care for vulnerable people in crisis.

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Notes to editors

Last year in Scotland, the Red Cross:

> Responded to 444 emergencies including those caused by flooding and extreme winter weather.
> Trained 33,167 people in life saving first aid skills
> Enabled 32,850 people to live more independently through health and social care services
> Helped 571 people through refugee services
> Worked with teachers to reach 22,863 young people with humanitarian education
This year’s theme for Red Cross Week (6 - 12 May) is “One in a million”. The fundraising week seeks to raise funds to support British Red Cross projects both in the UK and overseas. All projects bring help to people vulnerable in a crisis – such as those in the UK whose lives are disrupted by fire or flooding, people who have no-one to look after them when discharged from hospital, or those affected by disasters overseas.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. When the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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