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Diardaoin, 30/Sep/2010

Two Islay Charity Fundraisers

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Raising funds for various charities is something the Ileach reports about quite regularly, a huge variety of activities taking place on Islay to provide support for a variety of good causes, on and off Islay. Today I'm going to write about two fundraisers which will take place on the mainland, but raise funds for charities on Islay:

Earlier this week John Brian contacted both Ron and me about his upcoming activity: On Sunday John will undertake a sponsored abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge in support of the RNLI. He has picked the RNLI after many visits to Islay where he has a lot of friends and family. The RNLI Islay station in Port Askaig is a familiar sight to many and of course John, making him pick the RNLI. You can read more in Ron's entry Abseil from Forth Rail Bridge for RNLI and support John on John Brian's Forth Rail Bridge RNLI Abseil.

The second fundraiser is a bit more quirky and unusual: Earlier today I came across a short report Charities’ answer is rowin’ in the wind in the Solihull News. Intrigued what that was all about I did a bit of research and ended up on Two Men In a tub. The two men in question are Ian Gregory and Scott Fitzer. They have just completed rowing a bathtub down the Thames in southern England. Yes, really. A bathtub. So where does Islay come into this?

There are actually two connections with Islay: First of all the bathtub isn't an ordinary bathtub. It is a modified bathtub, the work was done by (no big surprise there) Stormcats Islay (who have just received a Crown Estate Award), if you go to the The story so far… page you can see pictures of the bathtub off Lagavulin at the 27th August mark. Second they are supporting three charities, one of which is from Islay: Children within Dogs for the disabled, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Islay link with the Islay & Jura Sick Children's Fund

If you can support either (or both?) of them please follow the relevant links above and you can make your donation online.

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