Manchester Pride Seeking Charity Collectors for the Big Weekend

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Manchester Pride is seeking out charity collectors to help out on Saturday, 27 August 2011 – the day of the Pride Parade.

Individuals will be required to stand for a couple of hours to collect donations from the general public. Collections will be happening throughout Manchester’s city centre.

Manchester Pride is a registered charity and the money collected on parade day will be distributed to a number of local HIV charities and LGBT community groups.

John Amaechi, Manchester Pride patron, said: “One of the most important aspects of Manchester Pride and a factor that marks it different from, and I think superior to so many other pride festivals is the emphasis on fundraising. Manchester Pride raises huge sums of money – last year £115,000 was donated to local and regional charities, directly benefiting the LGBT community.

I hope many of the people who are looking forward to enjoying Pride and the Pride Fringe later this year will donate some of their valuable time to help Pride raise even more money for the numerous good causes it supports.”

Emma Peate, campaign and outreach manager at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, said: “The Pride parade is a fantastic opportunity to show the public how fabulous and vibrant the LGB&T community is and it’s also an opportunity for those watching to contribute to the amazing work that LGB&T and HIV charities and organisations do in our own area. By having as many volunteers as possible collecting in the parade we can ensure that another fantastic amount is raised for those charities and organisations, so I would encourage people to get involved and volunteer with Manchester Pride during the parade.”

Laura Hamilton, volunteer and development manager at George House Trust, said: “The money raised at Pride and donated to George House Trust helps us provide essential support for people living with HIV in the North West. Being part of the collecting team is a great way of being part of Manchester Pride, whilst also knowing that every penny you collect will make a huge difference to someone’s life.”

Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: “The parade is an integral element of Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend and acts as a fantastic opportunity for the general public to donate money to the cause. It is therefore essential that we have as many charity collectors as possible throughout Manchester’s city centre.”

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jackie Crozier on jackie.crozier@manchesterpride.com

For more information on Manchester Pride visit: www.manchesterpride.com

For up-to-date information, follow the festival on Twitter: @ManchesterPride

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