District News – 4.7.19

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Mull
Tobermory S1 trampolining fundraisers.
Tobermory S1 trampolining fundraisers.

Tobermory High School S1 have raised £904.86 for the charity We Are Here.

Former head teacher Jenny Des Fountain spent a month volunteering for the charity at the Nea Kavala camp in Northern Greece. On her return she spoke at a school assembly and described life for refugees in the camp.

After hearing her talk, the S1 students wanted to raise money for the charity, which provides a space for children and adults in the camp to access education and recreation and feel a sense of routine, security and validation.

Working with their English teacher Mrs Margaret MacNeilage, they sold ice creams at Sports Day and organised a 12-hour sponsored bounce. S1 kept the bounce going on two trampolines from 6am until 6pm.

S1 have worked very hard to raise an amazing amount of money and proved themselves to be true global citizens. The school is very proud of them.

Mull and Iona

The Gala Fortnight has been running very successfully now for the past three years and this year it is scheduled to take place from Friday July 19 until Friday August 2.

The opening parade will take place on the evening of July 19 with a Float Parade in Fionnphort at which a children’s entertainer Funky Chicken will also be providing fun activities.

Thereafter there is plenty to see and do over the fortnight, which ends with the Bunessan Show Dance.

It is planned that something is on somewhere in the Ross of Mull and/or Iona almost every day and every evening. A schedule of events will be on sale in local shops, hotels and businesses soon.

In previous years these events have included: concerts; dances; food events; beach games; sandcastle building competitions; dinghy races; barbecues; practical plants activity days; The Ross of Mull Art Exhibition, the Scarecrow Trail; five-a-side football; food workshops; displays; children’s art and craft workshops; guided wildlife walks and much, much more.

The committee is also organising our annual grand raffle, with the winners  drawn at the Bunessan Show. Anyone wishing to donate a prize for the raffle should get in touch at the email below.

If you have any questions or queries or need some clarification on any matter, please do not hesitate to contact us on this page or by emailing rossofmullandionagala@btinternet.com

Oban
Ann May and Mary Black presented Margaret MacLean and Catherine Carswell with flowers in recognition of their years of dedication to Friends of Oban Hospice.
Ann May and Mary Black presented Margaret MacLean and Catherine Carswell with flowers in recognition of their dedication.

More than 170 locals, recently, gathered at the Corran Halls to support the Friends of Oban Hospice Fashion Show.

The event, coordinated by Friends of Oban Hospice Committee member Joyce Millar, raised more than £1,600 and included a raffle.

Also on the evening, during a break in the show, two of the Friends of Oban Hospice founding members, who recently stood down from the committee, were presented with flowers and thanked for their years of dedication, by chairwoman of the Friends, Anne May and fellow founding member Mary Black.

Margaret MacLean and Catherine Carswell are still very much involved with the hospice as regular volunteers at the Dove Centre.

Oban
Douglas Mackie, chairman of WHHA presenting the cheque to Audrey MacFadyen, chairwoman of Fèis Latharna. NO_T27_WHHA01
Douglas Mackie, chairman of WHHA presenting the cheque to Audrey MacFadyen, chairwoman of Fèis Latharna.

An Oban charity that provides Gaelic education to youngsters in Oban and Lorn has received £1,500 from West Highland Housing Association.

Fèis Latharna, which has been running for 25 years, provides weekly tuition to around 60 young people and runs an annual tuition festival at Easter for more than 200 participants.

A major aspect for Fèis is to give children access to expensive instruments at an affordable price by hiring them out.

The charity will use the donation from WHHA to add another clarsach to its instrument bank.

The clarsachs, which cost £2,500, are always in demand.

‘They are completely inaccessible for many and particularly beginners who just want to try it out,’ the charity said.

Islay

Laphroaig Distillery and Visitor Centre will be closed on Friday July 19 for staff to help out in the community.

Laphroaig asked the community to suggest projects that were in need of a helping hand from the distillery’s 40 staff.

‘Everyone at Laphroaig is keen to support the island and we want to offer up our time and resources as we have a wide variety of skills within the team and not afraid of a hard day’s work,’ the poster read.

Dunbeg

A free seminar about Magical Madagascar will take place at the Ocean Explorer Centre in Dunstaffnage on Saturday, July 8.

Peter Burkill will start his talk at noon and will discuss the ‘island’s flora and fauna, its evolution and the ongoing tensions between the native people and the living natural resources of this magical land’.

To book a free ticket, visit www.facebook.com/events/351150402261307

Loch Awe

A sponsored swim across Loch  Awe will take place on Saturday August 31.

The 530-metre course will see swimmers travel from Taychreggan to Portsonachan and back.

The event is being organised by the Kilchrenan, Inverinan, and Dalavich Coastal Rowing Club to raise funds for a junior oar set and Wemyss Skiff.

If you’re interested in taking part, get in touch with Gordon Leveratt by emailing gordonleveratt@uwclub.net