The Isles FM Grand Fundraising Prize Draw
Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan has urged people to help get Isles FM back on the air by donating to their crowdfunder page.
The station has been off-air since January, when their transmission equipment suffered a major fault. There is a fundraising campaign ongoing to raise the £8,000 needed for new equipment. Isles FM is an entirely volunteer run radio station, based in Stornoway, that has been operating since 1998.
Last-minute nominations for Crofting Commission
Comhairle nan Eilea Siar has been taken by surprise with a large number of late nominations for the available positions on the board of the Crofting Commission. Nominations which were received just before the deadline have to be checked, at a Scottish Government level, against legislative requirements. As a result the names of the candidates will not now be released until later today (Monday).
Alex’s £1000 walk to Stornoway
Charity walker Alex Ellis Roswell had a record day as he made his way to Stornoway on Saturday, collecting £1,000 in a single day to bring his total collected in the Western Isles close to £2,800. With sunny weather helping him along the road from Tolsta, he was also accompanied on the entry into town by pupils from Laxdale school, and welcomed at Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat station, where he presented the total collected so far in the islands. A Stornoway RNLI spokesman said: “A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Alex over the past week in Harris and Lewis - his RNLI fundraising bucket totalled £2,773...and that is a record breaker! Thank you Alex!” Alex will now take a few days rest before heading south again to complete his fundraising walk through the islands, before returning to the mainland where he continues on his mission to walk the entire coastline of the UK and Ireland in aid of the RNLI.
Connor’s international debut
Island athlete Connor Maclean will be pulling on a Scotland team vest for the first time tomorrow, as he competes for his country at the Celtic Cross Country Championships in Cardiff. 19-year-old Connor has been selected as one of four runners in the under-20s mens race. He’s a member of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club and Scottish Athletics said his selection reflected on the hard work he, his coaches and his team mates had put in. Connor is currently being trained by Robert Hawkins – father of Callum Hawkins, who finished ninth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Cllr Charlie Nicolson, the Comhairle's Representative on COSLA Sports, Arts and Culture Committee, said: "This is truly wonderful news for athletics in the islands and an excellent achievement for Connor himself. I would like to congratulate Connor and his coaches who have put a lot of work in, and indeed all those who are involved in athletics throughout the islands. We have wonderful sporting facilities in the Western Isles which provide a foundation for our young athletes to flourish and meet their potential. I wish Connor the very best of luck this weekend as he represents our country and indeed, our islands, down in Cardiff."