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Aberdeen & District Fibromyalgia Support Group - August Meeting

At Augusts meeting we also had to draw the winners for our fundraising quiz sheets.  One of our group members, Sue Stephens volunteered to make up quiz sheets and collected the completed ones in, so big thanks again.  We sold the quiz sheets for 50p each and had two prizes of £5.  We made around £140.

So its been a busy year so far and there is still more to come.

Coming up in September we are holding a body shop party at our group meeting to raise money and since it was National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week at the beginning of September we thought we would do something different. 

We are also excited about this group meeting as we will be receiving a donation from a local charity golf tournament.  It was Helen Grants husband, Eddie, he came along to the group meeting with her as she done her demonstration and decided to but us forward to receive a donation, to the organisers of the charity golf tournament.  So thanks  Eddie for suggesting us.  We will be releasing a full press release to local papers after we are presented with check at the end of September.

On the 22nd September two of our committee members was asked to go on to a local radio station, SHMU, to talk about the group.  We also have a group member going on the same show on the 15th to talk about being a fibromyalgia sufferer.

Over the last couple of months we have been selling tickets for our 2nd annual big raffle.  The prizes will be drawn at our AGM on Saturday 29th October.

So we have been very busy this year, but his has not always been the case.  At the beginning of this year we decided to turn to our group members for help and asked them if they would like to become more involved with the support group meetings and do a talk or presentation about their hobbies, interests or work.  We got a good response.  Already we have had the lovely Beth come and talk about he teddies that she makes to go round schools, the teddies are all different characters in the story books.  So will carry this on throughout the next year.

We have also been approached by a group called Aberdeen Action on Disability to join them in a new project they are setting up to bring different support groups and charities together in Aberdeen.  They have set up a drop in session at their premises, 84 Spring Gardens, Aberdeen, where anyone can come along and meet different people from different organisations.  The have also welcomed us to go along and represent the group and also welcome all our members to come along to these drop in sessions.

We have a busy year and hopefully next one will be as successful as this year.

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