The Pink Lotus Yoga Festival will be raising money for three charities – Clan Cancer Support, The Arunachala Trust and Mrs Murray’s Home for Stray Dogs and Cats.
CLAN Cancer Support is a well-established local charity providing emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer across north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. We offer a relaxed, welcoming and caring environment both at CLAN House, our purpose-built support and wellbeing centre in Aberdeen, and at our many bases in the community.
Over the last 35 years CLAN has developed specialist knowledge and understanding of how a diagnosis of cancer impacts not just the person diagnosed but also their wider circle of family and close friends. Our range of person centred services, delivered using qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists and support volunteers focused on the general wellbeing of our clients.
Services available include information and support, counselling, complementary therapies, social and wellbeing activities and dedicated support for children and families. For those travelling to Aberdeen hospitals for appointments or treatment, we also offer affordable B&B accommodation at CLAN Haven alongside assistance with transport to and from hospital.
CLAN aims to help people live with and beyond cancer and improve the quality of life for all those who turn to us for help and support. We rely on the generosity of so many individuals, families and companies to ensure the ongoing provision of our free services. More detailed information on our services and fundraisingactivities can be found on the relevant pages of our website or you can contact any of our local centres.
The Sri Ramana Matriculation School provides quality education to disadvantaged children in the rural communities surrounding the sacred mountain Arunachala. Established in 1988, the school is funded by the nonprofit Arunachalam Trust that was founded in the guiding light of the world proclaimed sage Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Each of the science, mathematics, computer science, social studies, moral science and geography curriculums are taught in English. Students also receive instruction in their native language, Siddha (traditional herbal medical treatment), dance and music. The Trust provides students with books, school uniforms, daily lunch and transportation.
Mrs Murray’s Home for Stray Dogs and Cats
The Home was founded in 1889 by Mrs Susan Murray as a place of refuge and shelter for stray and abandoned dogs and cats in the city and county of Aberdeen. This continues to be a central role for the Home with around 1000 such animals passing through each year.
Mrs Murray’s has expanded to offer care and rehoming facilities to a variety of small animals which, for a number of reasons, their owners can no longer keep. Animal boarding has also become an important function of the Home.
It is the only place in north-east Scotland offering this range of services. Apart from income from boarding, the cost of animal care has to be met largely from donations, legacies and other public support.