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Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation Burns Supper cancelled

By Garry McCartney

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MIRO in training with a rescue helicopter.
MIRO in training with a rescue helicopter.

COVID has put paid to a popular local Burns Supper for the second year running.

Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation (MIRO) has announced the cancellation of their annual event, which was to be held in the James Milne Institute, Findhorn on Saturday, January 22.

MIRO chairman, John Low, admitted the decision had been made with heavy hearts.

He said: "It was the only responsible course of action given the current unprecedented infection levels in our area.

"The 2022 Burns Supper was virtually sold out within a few days of the tickets going on sale on November 1. I would like to thank supporters who purchased tickets and assure them that organisers are in the process of contacting folk to refund their ticket money.

"We are acutely aware of the loss of funds at a time when our call out rates have been the highest since MIRO was formed in 2005. Nevertheless, our priority is to keep our volunteers and community safe."

In 2021 MIRO volunteers responded to 29 emergency callouts, a 16 per cent rise on the previous year.

Anyone shopping on Amazon can raise funds for MIRO by shopping on Amazon Smile and selecting Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation as the charity to benefit from Amazon donations.

MIRO is also registered with Virgin Money Giving making it easy to donate on-line by logging on to the MIRO website at www.morayinshorerescue.org.

MIRO's next Burns supper is planned for January 28, 2023.

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