FRESH impetus could be given to two major charity events in Moray with the support of the local community.
A review of the Bell’s Rotary Marafun has been launched after a fall in the number of teams taking part in the event earlier this year.
The charity event has raised over £600,000 for local good causes in the last 22 years.
Elgin Rotary Club organises the biennial Marafun and Motorfun in alternate years.
Both have been extremely successful through the generosity of participants, fundraisers and charitable donations from the general public.
In recent years the proceeds from Marafun have been distributed to 100 local charities each time.
A committee of experienced Rotarians, led by past president Sandy McMorran, has been tasked with reviewing these events, following the reduced number of running teams participating in this year’s Marafun.
The event attacted just over 90 teams while there is capacity for up to 120 teams to take part in the street relay marathon.
As part of this review process, they are canvassing opinions from supporters of these events and the general public and have placed a questionnaire, online on the club website www.elginrotary.co.uk and would welcome comment from as much of the community as possible.
Mr McMorran said the aim is to ensure the events – both hugely popular – can be sustained for the future.
“A lot of well established events have been struggling to maintain sustainability in recent years because there is just so much out there,” he said.
Mr McMorran, who now lives in Nairn, has been involved in organising the Nairnshire Challenge Duathlon.
“I have been asked to come back in (by Elgin Rotary) with a fresh mind. I am chairing a team of six Rotarians who are all heavily involved in the club.
“The Marafun and Motorfun are two great events and it would be all too easy to sit back and do nothing.
“Rather than just hoping things improve we have grabbed the bull by the horns to see what we can do to give them a boost.”
Anyone who does not have internet access and wishes to be involved should contact Sandy McMorran on 01343 545 129.
The deadline for completion of the questionnaire is September 22.
Said Mr McMorran: “The club have been delighted with the successes of these events over the last 22 years and we look forward to hearing all views and suggestions to further enhance Marafun and Motorfun .”