Seil buggy run for Save The Children

Rachael MacLean with daughter Scarlett and granddaughter Emily will be taking part in the buggy run on Seil on August 9.

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Seil playgroup is pushing support for a buggy run in aid of Save The Children next month.

Funds raised will help the charity support children in Yemen who are suffering life in horrific conditions, says one of the event’s organisers and mum-of-three from Balvicar Rachael MacLean.

The idea came from Rachael’s older daughter Caragh who read about the plight in Yeman after latenight-scrolling on the internet.

So far about 15 people have signed up to take part in the buggy run, which can be walked, with dads, grandparents and friends  all welcome to join in – with or without a buggy to push on Sunday August 9, says Rachael.

To fuel up participants, cakes and a glass of fizz will be on offer to fundraisers who walk, run, skip or hop all at their own pace from Ellenabeich to the mainland on the other side of Clachan Bridge for the good cause.

Save The Children says the war in Yemen is now more than five years long and has left 11.3 million children in need of humanitarian help to survive.

The charity fears extreme hunger and disease may have already claimed the lives of up to 85,000 young children and warns the impact of coronavirus will be even more devastating. Yemen has just over 500 confirmed cases of the virus, the fatality rate is alarmingly high.

Already the buggy push event’s Gofundme page at www.gofundme.com/f/coast-to-coast-and-across-the-atlantic-buggy-run has reached over half way to its £500 goal.

‘Since we can’t bring all the innocent children home to live here where it is safe with us, let’s see if we can make just the tiniest difference from our little island by raising as much cash as possible for this worthy cause,’ said Rachael.

She added: ‘Times are hard for many, but please donate as much as you can, even 50 pence.’

The meeting point will be at Seil Island Hall  at 9.45am for a 10am start.

Save the Children works in the UK and around the world to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/coast-to-coast-and-across-the-atlantic-buggy-run