Embargoed: Dec 21 2009, 00.01
The annual search for Scots of the Year has been launched by London based Charity ScotsCare. As part of the search, the Charity is also asking what constitutes a Scot?
The charity’s shortlist is made up of first and second generation Scots and those making an outstanding contribution to Scotland. Last year’s winner was Sir Chris Hoy who also features in this year’s shortlist along with:
Susan Boyle – nominated for her record breaking debut album sales.
Mohammed al Fayed – declared his ambition to become president of an independent Scotland.
Andy Robinson – an honorary nomination due to his success in leading Scottish
Rugby Union team to first victory over Australia in 27 years.
Gerard Butler – for continued acting success.
Robert Burns – for reaching 250 years old and remaining a Scottish legend.
Gordon Brown – for his leadership of Britain.
Andy Murray – nominated to mark another successful year on the courts.
Michael Martin – for knowing when it’s time to go.
Carol Ann Duffy – for her appointment as Poet Laureate.
Anyone can place their vote at www.scotscare.com, results will be announced to mark Burn’s day on January 25th.
The Charity is also investigating who of the following should be given the same rights as a Scots:
Someone born elsewhere but has lived in Scotland 20 years or more
Someone born elsewhere but living in Scotland and married to a Scot
Someone who has fought in a Scottish regiment
Someone who has Scottish parents but they are born elsewhere
Someone who has Scottish Grandparents but they are born elsewhere
Someone who supports a Scottish football team
Someone investing heavily in Scotland eg Donald Trump
No one other than those born in Scotland
Again, votes can be placed at www.scotscare.com.
Charity Chief Executive Willie Docherty said, “We have a diverse range of contenders for this Year’s Scot of the Year title. I look forward to seeing who the public feel has waved the flag for Scotland in the right direction.”
ScotsCare is a London based Charity providing financial assistance to first and second generation Scots living in poverty.
For further information, contact Ross Trevail on 07739 897538