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McCaig’s Tower will shine green at dusk tonight in honour of mental health and much-loved CalMac team member Megan Baillie.
As March draws to a close it brings down the curtain on a relentless month-long fundraising drive by CalMac staff in Oban for one of their own.
They have helped raised thousands of pounds in the ‘Megan’s Miles’ challenge launched on March 1. It smashed the original £2,500 target and is now closing in on £11,000.
It has been done to raise money to support services offered by the Scottish Association of Mental Health.
Likeable Megan, 22, tried to take her own life last May but backed by her loving family and caring work colleagues, she is making a remarkable comeback in a specialist hospital in Edinburgh.
Tonight (March 31) from around 7.30pm the iconic monument will glow green to mark the colour of the mental health awareness ribbon and one of Megan’s favourite colours to wear.
Oban’s Ian Rodgers, who works aboard the MV Isle of Mull, was among the 40 staff to have taken part in the fundraiser, including his daughter, who also works for CalMac.
The light show came about due to the support of long-standing Mull-based councillor Mary-Jean Devon, a ferry user who heard about the campaign.
Ian praised colleagues for all their efforts and those who had generously dug deep.
But it was Megan’s close friend at CalMac Nicola MacKechnie who made all the difference, said Ian.
As two young female apprentices at the same time, Nicky and Megan became close at CalMac.
It was Nicola who took it upon herself to set up the Just Giving page which sparked off the challenge.
As Ian said: ‘It’s a massive shout out to Nicola really – Megan’s wee pal. She started the ball rolling and for a young girl she’s done an incredible job and has got a wise head on her shoulders.
‘It’s been amazing the way this has pulled everybody together and the best thing is it has brought so much awareness to the issue of mental health.’
Friends of colleagues have each been working their way through 126 miles of exercise during March, including activities from running, walking and cycling, among others.
The 126-miles represents the distance between the ferry terminal and the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh.
With the help of specialists, Megan continues to confound the initial diagnosis that she may never walk or talk again due to her brain injury.
Donations to the appeal remain open and can be found here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/megansmarchmiles