Theatre Modo’s ‘Modo-Circus with Purpose’ project has secured a £50,000 Big Lottery Fund grant following a nail-biting head-to-head in The People’s Millions on STV North.
It is fantastic news for the group who can now run a series of weekly circus skills workshops for local young people in three areas of the North East of Scotland.
After the announcement, a delighted Martin Danziger told the Buchanie he was: “Over the moon - absolutely overjoyed.
“All day the office had been barraged with calls from people saying that they’d voted 10 times, but we had no idea how well we were doing.
“The other group were very deserving so it was tough.
“When we first found out our voting number were up early getting it on flyers and gettings teams out there.
“The support we’ve had from schools, the council, support groups, Waves FM and of course the Buchanie has been huge.
“We have been genuinely humbled by the level of support, and touched by how hard so many have campaigned for this vote.
“This success has come from the whole community getting behind Theatre Modo.”
This is the eighth year that the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given the public the chance to choose where the Lottery good cause cash goes in their region.
The People’s Millions public vote determines which deserving cause will win the contest and take the funding back to their community.
Three nights last week, projects went head-to-head on STV North evening news pitching for a life changing grant with three awards of up to £50,000 up for grabs in the region.
As well as capturing hearts and minds with their TV bid, the projects also had to mobilise as many phone votes as they could on the day, with lines opening on the morning they are due to appear on STV North.
Messages of praise and congratulations came flooding in after the vote.
Lewis, a participant from Fraserburgh, posted on Facebook: “Yay can’t believe that Modo won the award. I can’t wait for a year with Modo! It will be a blast. A full year of Modo...it’s a dream come true!”
“Workshop assistant Joanne Findlay said: “I am so happy words can’t explain.
“I am really looking forward to working with all the amazing young folk in Aberdeenshire for a whole year.
“They are all amazing when given a chance to shine and that’s exactly what we will do.”
Kirsty Wilson, another Modo volunteer, said: “I’m actually over the moon Modo Scotland won. Can’t wait for the next crazy year to being.”
Congratulatory messages also came in from MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford, local councillors, Buchan Area Manager Chris White and Shell UK’s John Raine.
Since The People’s Millions began in 2005 the competition has funded over 520 diverse community projects UK-wide with an incredible £27.8 million in Big Lottery Fund good cause money.