Scottish Rugby International, Moray Low officially opened Camphill School Aberdeen’s new £305,000 Therapy Centre Centre on September 25 as part of the school’s open day. Moray’s involvement recognises the substantial donation to the therapy centre fundraising effort, from the Wooden Spoon, rugby’s children’s charity.
Moray Low with a Wooden Spoon to signify the rugby charity's role in making the centre possible
Led by Culter Pipe Band, Moray Low and Chris Stewart, chairman of Camphill Estates and father of a pupil at Camphill School Aberdeen, officated at the opening of the Therapy Centre. The actual ribbon cutting was carried out by a pupil from the school.
Moray Low (25), who hails from Torphins, currently plays for Glasgow Warriors and represents Scotland at full international level. He was called up to the Scotland squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship and was lauded by his fellow Scotland players for his rock-solid scrummaging as Scotland began their 2010 summer tour with a win against Argentina.Moray Low (centre) watches as pupil Matthew Randall cuts the ribbon to open the new therapy centre
During the open day, members of the public were able to visit the place where the international Camphill movement began 70 years ago.
Visitors of all ages took part in craft and arts activities. Children’s activities will included donkey rides and face painting and there was a barbecue and refreshments throughout the event.
The new Therapy Centre has been constructed with fundraising support from the Society of Friends of Camphill School Aberdeen, thanks to large donations from The Wooden Spoon and The Robertson Trust.
Other individual fundraising efforts have included Jane Riach, the mother of a Camphill pupil, who raised more than £4,000 by climbing Kilimanjaro, Katy Wood, the sister of a Camphill pupil, who recently raised more than £500 with a daring skydive and Camphill pupil Jack Stewart who raised £750 dying his hair mahogany.
Karen Johnston, chairperson of the Society of Friends of Camphill and a parent of a pupil at Camphill School Aberdeen, explains the importance of the new Therapy Centre:
“Camphill School Aberdeen is recognised as a centre of excellence which has helped so many children with special needs to reach their potential. The school’s therapeutic programme is a substantial element in that success.
“At the moment the therapies are provided in the shared facilities of the school. Having a dedicated therapy centre will undoubtedly increase their effectiveness. The school also intends to open the new therapy centre to support individuals in the wider local community.”
Camphill House, in the Milltimber area of Aberdeen, first opened its doors to children with special needs on June 1, 1940. Now there are six communities that are part of Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire. In all more than 700 people live and work Camphill communities in the Aberdeen City and Shire area.
From Aberdeen, Camphill has grown internationally and now extends to 100 centres in 23 countries.