Every year in the month of April we celebrate the birthday of the reason why we are all here, Sam Heughan. Since the beginning of Heughan’s Heughligans we have always been about giving back to organizations that are important to Sam and to us. It has truly been a great honor to create an atmosphere within the group that is generous with it’s time and money. This year is no different. Once again we are running our Dram 4 Sam campaign until Sam’s birthday on April 30th. We thank you all for your generous contributions so far. With the help of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland we have a wee message for you:
**video provided by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland**
To give to Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research): www.JustGiving.com/Heughligans
To give to Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (the theatre company where Sam got his acting start):
*Just a reminder- because the Just Giving website is UK based, individuals outside of the UK may have their credit cards flagged for unusual activity. Please make sure check with your credit card companies prior to donating if you think this may be a problem.
Announcing the details of this year’s “Dram 4 Sam” charity drive…
Each year, fans of Sam Heughan always ask how they can wish him a happy birthday on April 30th. Five years ago, we asked Sam how he’d best like his fans to honor him on his special day and he suggested a donation to charity would be the most appreciated. It has since become an annual event for fans to come together the last two weeks of April to support two of the UK-based charities that Sam himself has supported: Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) and Bloodwise UK (supporting the fight against blood cancers).
From April 15-30th we will have our annual “Dram 4 Sam” charity drive. We raised over $19k last year (we’ve raised over $100k combined since we began in 2013) and we are hoping to surpass that amount this year.
Anytime between April 15-30th, fans are encouraged to donate to one or both of Sam’s chosen charities. You can donate an amount as small as $2 (the price of a soft drink) or any other amount you wish (maybe the price of a “dram” of whisky). Donations are accepted year round to both these charities via the links below, but our D4S event raises the single largest amount of money.
The links to donate can be found at the end of this post. You will need a credit card, as JustGiving is not set up for PayPal just yet.
****PLEASE BE AWARE, JustGiving is a UK-based site for donating directly to charities and when you donate via the website, it will process as a foreign transaction. IF you are based outside the UK, your bank or credit card company MAY flag the transaction thinking it is being made without your knowledge. Please contact your bank or credit card company directly PRIOR to making a donation, if you think this may be a problem. Thank you in advance for your generosity.****
To donate to Youth Theatre Arts Scotland:
To donate to Bloodwise:
Today let’s talk about Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. YTAS isn’t just about “putting on a play”. Read below to find out WHY Sam chose this amazing charity and how YOU can help.
“Youth Theatre is for everyone; it’s about a community, it’s about being supported by your peer group. You learn skills, not just acting but all the other sides needed for working in TV, film and the theatre industry.
I’d like to instill the belief that if you join a youth theatre, it’s a gateway to greater career prospects. I know if we get young people involved in the sector, it’s going to pay dividends in the future”
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland supports organisations and practitioners who engage over 28,500 young people each year in youth theatre. We promote youth theatre arts and their role in the personal, social, educational and creative development of Scotland’s young people.
The majority of our member youth theatres provide weekly activities for £0-£5/week and also offer financial support. 30% of their participants come from areas of multiple deprivation and 15% are either deaf, hard of hearing, visually or physically impaired or have additional learning requirements.
Sam chose to support YTAS, not only because of the role youth theatre played in his own career, but because he recognises its importance in local communities. He appreciates that it provides an amazing opportunity, not just for budding actors, and future stars, but for any young person looking to further their creativity, ideas, and to develop new skills.
I challenge the Heughligans to double yesterday’s Dram 4 Sam donations and to raise $1,000 for YTAS. Can we do it!?!?
**photos provided to HH exclusively through YTAS
Droughtlander is still in full swing, but thankfully, our symptoms are eased with the arrival of Season Two now currently available on DVD and Blu-ray. We’ve seen our members post pictures of their new treasure and express their giddiness.
I don’t have my copy yet…but sooooooon. There have been so many gifs and pictures released to help me want it all the more.
We get to relive Frank’s meltdown after finding out the woman he loves is carrying another man’s child. For him to realize someone else gave her what he could not.
One of my favorite moments with Roger and Claire is this:
That one brief moment where you can see the anguish on Roger’s face. You know that he truly loved and appreciated the Reverend for taking him in as a 5-year old boy and loving him as much as any biological father would. Not many people would take in a child they barely knew and love them unconditionally.
But, at the heart of this story is the love that Claire and Jamie still have for each other. There are good times and there were so many bad times in France and Scotland, and even though they may have been at odds with each other they still loved each other with every fiber of their being.
Season Two was a tough season for Claire and Jamie, but it will shape them into the people they become later in life. Soon, I will have my excited little hands on Season Two to watch and watch and watch some more.
Dinna fash, Heughligans, Season Three will be here before we know it!
(Pictures and gifs courtesy of @SonyPicsAtHome)