Dunns Food and Drink x Queen’s Park x Aware Scotland

Tomorrow’s home match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle is going to be a special one for Maryhill teenager Eva Rooney and Children’s charity, Aware Scotland, who look to support young people in developing their full potential.

Eva won a kit design competition, which was backed by Queen’s Park partners Dunns Food and Drinks, with her design proudly displayed on the warm-up jerseys that will be worn by the players ahead of kick-off against the Highlanders.  

The food and drink wholesaler had invited young people from Aware Scotland to submit concepts or drawings to be featured on the warm-up shirts and Eva’s design was selected as the winner.

As part of her prize Eva (15), who is a Higher photography student, shadowed long-serving club photographer Ian Cairns at training on Thursday and she will also be on the side of the world-famous Hampden pitch during Saturday’s to learn more tricks of the trade.

Dunns Food and Drinks are also laying on a day of fun for 45 other young people from Aware Scotland, who aim to provide unique experiences, build confidence and engender life-long friendship among those who have experienced trauma or faced adverse challenges, also attending the match with Lewis Murdoch (13) and Ava McIlwraith (12) the Match mascots. 

The Blantyre based company are able to provide the fun day with support from Queen’s Park and the partnership between Scotland’s oldest club and Dunns will not just benefit Aware Scotland, as a number of other community and charity initiatives are being established to improve the lives of others.

Operations Director at Dunns Food and Drinks, Julie Dunn, said: “We would like to congratulate Eva on being named the winner of the competition and it will be a real thrill for all of us to see her design in the flesh at the match.”

“Community work is a cornerstone of our business and hugely important to everyone at Dunns. We are delighted that our partnership with Queen’s Park and Aware Scotland is getting off to such a flying start.”

Kieran Koszary, Head of Commercial at Queen’s Park, added: “We are delighted to be working closely with two local organisations with deep roots in their respective communities.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what 2024 brings for our partnership with Dunns and hope to continue to support Aware and other good causes.”

Chris Glancey, Aware Scotland Founder, said: “Our young people are set to have a fantastic day, and it has been a joy to be able to work with Queen’s Park and Dunns to provide them with this opportunity.

“It was lovely to see our super talented Eva recognised and to watch her flourish under the tutelage of Ian on Thursday.”

The partnership between Queen’s Park, Dunns and Aware Scotland will continue in 2024 with young people given the chance to attend training sessions, games, and press conferences with bucket collections at home games going towards Aware Scotland’s initiatives to provide respite breaks and unique experiences.

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