KEEP PRIDE FREE – NEW CHARITY CALENDAR LAUNCHES TO CELEBRATE A YEAR OF PRIDE

Pink Saltire have launched a new charity calendar to celebrate Pride, with all profits going to organisers around the country.

The 2020 ‘Pride in Scotland’ calendar features images from a record breaking year of Pride marches and events, from Stornoway to Dumfries, which has seen over 70,000 people take part in 21 events in the last 12 months.

Stuart Duffy, Founder of the Fife-based charity said:

“We know it’s important to keep Pride free and inclusive for everyone and with budgets being under severe pressure in the public sector, it’s getting even harder for Pride organisers to keep their events going.”

“We have a strong bond with Pride organisers and since we were at most of the Pride events round Scotland this summer, we decided to use some of the photos we’d taken to show just what a fantastic event Pride can be for everyone!”

“We hope people will buy in the knowledge the profits will support existing and new Pride organisers all over the country, who often miss out on big sponsorship deals. The more calendars bought, the more money we can pass on to Pride in each community!”

The calendar features images from throughout 2019, from the years’ first Pride held back in March, which was Trans Pride Scotland in Dundee, as well as new events in Alexandria, Oban, East Lothian, Ayrshire and Dumfries, together with more established events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian, Isle of Bute, Stornoway, Perthshire, Dundee and Aberdeen.

Profits from the sale of the calendar (which is priced £7.50 plus P&P each) will be held in a new dedicated Scottish Pride Fund, set-up by Pink Saltire to support Scotland’s Pride organisers, a first for a charity in Scotland or the UK.

It’s hoped the Fund will attract sponsorship and donations from larger companies and organisations in the future. Pride doesn’t receive any Scottish Government funding, despite the benefits of attracting tourists and significant economic benefit to each region. Events in 2018 realised an estimated £3million for the Scottish economy, with details on the 2019 impact due soon.

Scotland had 21 events this year and there are potentially 25 events planned for 2020, incidentally the 25th anniversary of the first Scottish Pride march, held in Edinburgh in 1995. Pride organisers rely on community fundraising to keep their events free or as low cost as possible.

You can support your local Pride by ordering the Pride in Scotland calendar here. It’s A4 in size, with a wire hanger and a full colour print on 250gsm paper.

Pre-order starts today, with calendars issued by First Class Mail from Monday 2nd December.

If you’re a sponsor and would like to know more about The Scottish Pride Fund, please email info@scotpride.org

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