Obama charity dinner fundraising total revealed

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Former US president visited for Scotland for one day but he leaves whopping amount for Scots charities 

12th June 2017 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Barack Obama’s charity dinner in Edinburgh last month raised a whopping £670,000 for Scottish charities it has been revealed.

The event, organised by the Hunter Foundation, will donate all profits to charities taking part in the Kiltwalk campaign.

Obama made the trip last month to speak in front of about 1,200 people, including Nicola Sturgeon, JK Rowling and Annie Lennox.

Organisers said some £570,000 was raised on the night with £100,000 to be allocated to charities chosen by comedian Kevin Bridges and singers Annie Lennox and Sharleen Spiteri after they waived their performance fees.

Organisers said some £570,000 was raised on the night with £100,000 to be allocated to charities chosen by comedian Kevin Bridges and singers Annie Lennox and Sharleen Spiteri after they waived their performance fees.

Sir Tim Hunter said: "Personally, I'd like to thank everyone who helped raise these amazing funds by supporting the Obama dinner event - it clearly shows the spirit of Scotland; we care always for those most in need in our society and believe fundamentally in opportunity for all."

Obama made the most of his time in Scotland by first going to the home of golf for a round at the Old Course in St Andrews.

The Democrat vowed to return to experience "real" Scottish weather after playing golf in neartly 80F heat at the end of May.

He said: "I promise you I will be back because, unless it is raining and blustery, I will not feel I have got the full Scottish experience."