CHARITY Whizz-Kidz is £5000 better off thanks to a raffle organised at the Scottish Wholesale Association Annual Conference with brewer Molson Coors (UK & Ireland).

Generous conference delegates raised £4415 and SWA president, George Benson, personally pledged £585.

Whizz-Kidz is Molson Coors' corporate charity partner, and the money raised will help provide disabled children and young people in Scotland with vital mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future

George Benson said: "At every conference we like to work with one of our partners to organise a charity event to raise money for a good cause, and causes don't come much better than Whizz-Kidz.

"We are absolutely delighted to have raised so much to support their work, and I'm pleased to have been able to provide a bit more to take us to £5000."

A cheque presentation was made to Whizz-Kidz representative Arthur Lawson by Craig Cowles, off-trade sales director at Molson Coors and George Benson at the brewer's offices in Livingston.

Craig Cowles said: "Whizz-Kidz became our charity partner in the UK in July 2010 following a vote by the whole Molson Coors team and since then we've raised over £17,000 in Scotland.

"It is with a huge sense of pride that we've handed over the cheque so more disabled children and young people in Scotland can get the equipment and skills  they need to live better, more independent lives and benefit from the projects that Whizz-Kidz runs to make them more fun too."

Young Scottish Ambassador for Whizz-Kidz, Arthur Lawson, 24, explained what the donations means: "The money raised by the Scottish Wholesale Association and Molson Coors will provide a Scottish youngster with the right wheelchair for them, so that they can enjoy school, sport and play and get around independently just like me."

Mark Hunter, chief executive of Molson Coors (UK & Ireland), will be one the speakers at the 2012 SWA Annual Conference.

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