Quaker Cabaret Ceilidh
We did it
On 6th June 2020 we successfully raised £683 with 32 supporters in 35 days

A traditional community ceilidh bringing us together - just online! We're also looking to raise funds for Aid & Abet and Wiston Quakers.

by Linda Chan (Garvald Edinburgh) in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Anything over our target will go directly to our key charity of our Quaker Cabaret Ceilidh: Aid & Abet 

Aid & Abet supports people involved in the criminal justice system in Edinburgh and Lothian, with a focus on those who have been in custody. It is an initiative that is led by people who have, themselves, been in prison, mostly as a result of addiction problems. This direct experience gives Aid & Abet its strength.

Their vision is: “Once someone has been in prison, they need never go back”.

The name puts a positive spin on a well-worn piece of legal jargon.  They aid people, and abet them in their determination to make good on their intentions to avoid the routes their past has taken them in.

They were set up in June 2014 and gained Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status in February 2016.

Since February 2003, the ceilidh collective has been organising events and raising unrestricted funds for social and environmental charities and grassroots organisations. Click here for links to some of the beneficiaries, and here for a list of our previous events.

We work by bringing together volunteers to manage the running of the events, from decorating the venues, to feeding the volunteers, to staffing the door and the bar, and the tidy up and recycling efforts. It is only with this voluntary support over many years, that we are able to continue. All work on the day of the event is carried out without financial remuneration for anyone bar the main band.

Usually 100% of profits from the door and bar and 100% of raffle and any auction funds go to the beneficiary (charity or grassroots organisation) that we are supporting that night.

Due to COVID-19 we are no longer able to host physical ceilidhs so we are looking to what we can online to support the organisations that we usually fundraise for and to continue to bring together people who are, through necessity, physically distancing.

Your valuable donations and raffle tickets, whatever the size, will be split between two organisations - Aid & Abet and Wiston Quakers.

Saturday 30 May's event is a ceilidh collective event in association with Portobello & Musselburgh Quaker Meeting bringing us together and raising funds for Aid & Abet and Wiston Quakers.

To watch and take part in the live Quaker Cabaret Ceilidh:

A - you can 'buy a ticket' to the ceilidh through this Crowdfunder 


B - you can register as 'Going' on the Facebook event page for FREE

Either way we'll send out the Facebook Live link so you can see the whole ceilidh.

You can also buy raffle tickets on the fundraiser, with prizes drawn on the night by Gandolf.

See you on Saturday 30 May for our first virtual ceilidh!

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

entry level

Welcome to the ceilidh - and thanks for your donation - we'll send you the Zoom link to our ceilidh on Saturday 30 May 2020.

£2 or more

Raffle Ticket - drawn by Gandolf at Ceilidh

Our fundraising raffle on the night - items donated by suppliers, friends and family to be revealed on the night. The raffle will be drawn by Gandolf at the end of the evening.

£7 or more

concession ceilidh ticket and one drink at the bar

This is like a ceilidh ticket and one drink at the bar - thanks for coming. We'll send you the Zoom link to the ceilidh on Sat 30 May 2020

£16 or more

equivalent to a ceilidh ticket and two drinks

Huge gratitude from the ceilidh collective and the Zoom link to the ceilidh on Sat 30 May!

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