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Yes, it’s cold and it will be difficult … but the island boys are up for the challenge.
At the age of nine, Olly Vollum and Eachann McGregor-Louw aim to be the youngest swimmers to ever cross the Sound of Kerrera.
On December 7 – weather dependent – the boys plan to swim from the mainland 600m across open sea to their island home, all in support of the big Kerrera project to create a new island community centre.
They have been practising a lot, helped by their mums and dads – Gill, Tim, Sheila and Corrie -who will be with them on the day, swimming alongside in the water and in support boats. It’s a tremendous challenge for any swimmer and islanders are already incredibly proud of the boys for their willingness to jump in – literally.
In July this year, islanders (68 in total) bought the old primary school building on the island, and now they are working hard to fundraise for the renovations. With no facilities on the island and the last public ferry at 6pm, there is currently very limited opportunities to socialise, or take part in any classes or events of any kind. Everyone is doing their bit to turn the old building into a new multipurpose community facility.
Olly has been dreaming of raising £100 and islanders are delighted to report that so far generous support has already helped them to reach this target and beyond. In fact, the total is up to £1,845.37 at the latest count. They would love to smash the target out of the water. Anyone wishing to help them can head to www.justgiving.com/kerrera-kids-swim
Cash donations can be made at Oban Cycles, Food From Argyll at the Pier and Albany Stores.