FAMILY TRIBUTE TO BE HIGHLIGHT OF HEBCELT AT AN LANNTAIR
A poignant family tribute to an inspirational Gaelic song enthusiast, singer and teacher will be staged as part of the Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer.
Rod Mackenzie, who passed away two years ago, was the founder and leader of three Gaelic choirs from Back, in Lewis, who frequently enjoyed success at the Royal National Mod and other competitions. His extensive work and commitment to his community earned him a place in the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
A concert ‘ Mackenzie Clan’ will feature three of Rod’s four daughters Eilidh, Gillie and Fiona, known collectively as the group Mackenzie, along with some of his 13 grandchildren, in-laws and members of his beloved Back Choir, now conducted by his good friend Avril Allen. The concert will be prepared under the musical direction of Rod’s grandson, the award-winning musician, Innes White.
The event will be held on Wednesday, 17th July, opening a musical programme at An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway during HebCelt.
The title, Mackenzie Clan stems from the time when Rod, coming to terms with his terminal diagnosis in August 2016, took to sharing his musical memories on social media and the positive response he received brought much comfort during the next six months.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 27th March 2019
ISLES CARERS TRAINERS PROJECT GETS £3,000 DONATION
An outreach support project for island carers will begin again this summer, after its funding gap was closed by a donation of £3,000 from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).
The Carers Trainers Project is run by Western Isles Community Care Forum – the umbrella organisation set up for voluntary care organisations – and the donation to the project also secures two jobs: a full-time post in Lewis and Harris and a part-time post in Uist and Barra.
Peggy Mackay, co-ordinator of the Western Isles Community Care Forum, said the grant from PST was “fantastic” and described the Carers Trainers Project as providing “emotional support” to carers, as well as being a signposting and training service.
Donald John MacSween, general manager of PST, said: “PST are especially pleased to support the Western Isles Community Care Forum and the vital work they do in helping to underpin the network of carers in the Western Isles.
“Care of the elderly and vulnerable should never be led by financial considerations, should always be available, and free, at the point of need.”
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 26th March 2019
10th ANNIVERSARY FOR POINT 5K WITH NEW 10K RUN ADDED
The Leanne Fund will host the 10th Point 5k event on June 1st with the addition of a new 10k race.
The Fund are delighted to receive funding from Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) which will support the organisation of the new 10k race taking place alongside the annual Point 5k walk/run. A trophy for the new event has also been kindly sponsored by Point Community Council.
The annual event is the largest sporting event in Point with over 150 taking part and it is hoped that this year’s extended event will attract even more participants.
Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund said:
“We are so grateful to TIG for sponsoring our inaugural Point 10k and to Point Community Council for sponsoring a trophy.
“The 5k has been a great success for the last decade and we hope many people will come and support our extended event to mark the 10th anniversary.
“The support from TIG at a local level is of great assistance to us. We look forward to what will be an exciting day for the Fund.”
You can enter the 5k and 10k events online http://www.theleannefund.co.uk/events.html
or call into The Leanne Fund office on Point Street to pick up an entry form.
The 10k event is limited to 100 participants and is for runners only. Walkers are very welcome to enter the 5k which is open to all the family.
Read more: Local News for Monday 25th March 2019