14 Jun 2017
It’s one of the most famous and loved days in the Glasgow calendar and now the countdown is well and truly on to the 2017 Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund trip to Troon.
Charity event organisers, the Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund, today launched its 72nd annual children’s trip with help from pupils at Langlands Primary School in Glasgow’s south side.
The official launch took place exactly one week before the big day on Wednesday, 21 June when taxis and drivers in fancy dress will take hundreds of kids to Ayrshire for a special day at the seaside.
Each year, more than 100 drivers give up their day for free and take more than 300 schoolchildren who require additional support for learning, as well as their parents and carers, to Troon for an unforgettable day.
The famous event is attended by thousands of well-wishers at the traditional starting point of Kelvin Way, before the taxis weave through Glasgow’s city centre and south side then on to Ayrshire, to be welcomed by even more enthusiastic supporters ahead of a memorable day out.
Jim Buchanan, Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund chair, said: “It’s brilliant to launch the 72nd Glasgow Taxi Outing Fund trip to Troon and it’s now just a matter of counting down the days. It’s all for the children and the excitement on their faces on the day is priceless, however the great thing about the trip is how much it is also loved by drivers, our volunteers and everyone else who makes it happen. Special thanks to all the sponsors who support us too – we couldn’t do it without you!”
Supporters of this year’s trip include longstanding backers Glasgow Taxis Ltd and Celtic FC Foundation as well as new sponsors Watermans and Stewart Milne Homes, plus Butchershop Bar and Grill who came on board in 2016.
Speaking on behalf of the Glasgow Taxis Ltd executive committee, Chairman Stephen Flynn said: “We’re delighted to once again support this year’s trip to Troon and hope today’s launch can help encourage even more people to come out and cheer the children next Wednesday.”
Pictured are taxi drivers Kenny Warren (dressed as Fred Flinstone) and David Dewar (dressed as Spongebob Squarepants).