ISLAND BUSINESSES, GROUPS, INDIVIDUALS & ORGANISATIONS ASSIST IN RAISING £5,000 FOR THE LEANNE FUND
A huge community effort for The Leanne Fund has raised £5,000 which will directly support those affected by Cystic Fibrosis.
Workplaces, schools and groups across the area held Rainbow Raiser events in aid of the charity which works to support young people and their families who are affected by the chronic lifelong condition through a range of services.
The Stornoway Co-op store fundraised for the charity for the month raising £1514.56 through their efforts.
A Co-op spokesperson said: “We had buckets at the checkouts and a bookstall for the month, we also sold a Rainbow themed quiz sheet to the amazing Rainbow Hamper. We had a staff bag packing day on the Rainbow fundraiser day too. We had a fun month and hope that what we raised makes a few people’s lives a bit easier.”
Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said: “We are so grateful to the Co-op for their fantastic efforts and all the other workplaces and groups who held Rainbow Raiser events.
“Our charity relies on our amazing volunteers and particular mention must go to our volunteer Event Co-ordinator Fiona Murray for her wonderful work in engaging so many local organisations.
The current total for the fundraising will be matched by further support from the Bank of Scotland.
Read more: Local News for Monday 8th April 2019
WESTERN ISLES COUNCIL HIGHLIGHT URGENT NEED FOR FERRIES INVESTMENT
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has written to Minister for Energy and Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP to underline the urgent need for investment in new ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service network over and above the commitment to build the two ferries at Ferguson Marine Engineering that are now set to be at least 2 years late before they enter service.
The letter underlined that the primary purpose for Government investment in ferry services must be to secure the sustainability of the island communities they serve.
Comhairle Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure Cllr. Uisdean Robertson recently met representatives of Strategic Marine, that recently completed the new ferry for Pentland Ferries, to understand the service they could offer.
Cllr Robertson said “Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have had very positive discussions with Ministers and we know they understand the damage technical difficulties with aging ferries can have on fragile island economies. We want to work constructively with Government to overcome this threat and believe the proposal we outlined on the Strategic Marine design is worthy of serious consideration.
“This could deliver the badly needed new ferries in as little as 18 months from an order being placed at a cost that is likely to be significantly lower than the £40-50Million CMAL have quoted as the cost of building a single new ferry for Islay to operate alongside MV Finnlaggan. We must not lose sight of the fact that the purpose of these ferries is to serve lifeline routes to islands as well as being an enabler for economic development for which I know Scottish Government shares our enthusiasm.
Read more: Local News for Friday 5th April 2019
BEACON COMMUNITY CAFE OFFICIALLY OPENS IN TIUMPANHEAD
A monthly community cafe, made possible by a grant of nearly £10,000 from Point and Sandwick Trust, officially opened on a permanent basis last Saturday.
Sonja Macleod, one of the directors of the community wind farm charity, spoke of the immense contribution which volunteers make to community life as she cut the ribbon.
She said she was “delighted” to have been asked to officially open The Beacon Cafe in the Tiumpanhead community centre and added: “Tiumpanhead Community Association have been striving towards this for years. We should remember that they are all volunteers. None of these guys in the kitchen get paid for what they do.”
Sonja paid particular tribute to Grace Smith, chair of the community association, who later said the year-long trial of the cafe had been so successful that they’d have been “daft not to carry on”.
Point and Sandwick Trust had given the community association a grant of £9,250 to upgrade the community centre’s kitchen to professional catering standards. The cafe is open at the community centre on the last Saturday of every month.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 4th April 2019