Argyll News: Mull-wide community shows islanders characteristic …

The fundraising initiatives from the Tobermory Play Park Appeal have brought their project target another step closer in raffling a fantastic Christmas hamper worth in excess of 500. The winner Andrea Martin of Croig was announced following the draw pictured above at the Tobermory Pre-5 Unit on Tuesday 1st December. In total, 2,690 was raised through ticket sales demonstrating the high level of committed support within the community. The Tobermory Play Park Appeal is fundraising to revive the only public play park in the famously picturesque town on the Isle of Mull. The project is well underway to reaching its 50,000 target; enabling a whole range of exciting new play equipment to be installed and enjoyed by all.

The Christmas hamper was just the latest addition to a range of fundraising activities undertaken by the group To date, a staggering 31,000 has been raised just over 50% through local donations and fundraising alone. In a town with a population of around 700, this says so much about the generosity and sense of self-reliance in island communities. Marion MacLean, Chair of the Tobermory Play Park Committee, says: We are yet again left astounded at the support for our project from this little community and are delighted to have gotten a step closer towards our target.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way, be it by giving a donation towards the hamper, organising the prizes or buying or selling tickets. What a fantastic prize. Many thanks are extended from the Committee to all those businesses and individuals who donated to the fantastic hamper and helped sell raffle tickets and the list itself from businesses all across this mighty island, speaks of the strength of its internal connections. and its external service providers, like ferry operator, CalMac. Prizes came from: .Browns, Bunessan Post Office, Calmac, Catriona s, the Coop, Corner Shop, the Distillery, Explore Mull, Funky Scottish, Glengorm Castle, Glengorm Gardens, the Hydro, Island Crafts, Island Organic Biscuits, Isle of Mull Haggis, Isle of Mull Ice Cream, Isle of Mull Scallops, Isle of Mull Soap Company, Isle of Mull Shortbread, Kilchoan Crafts and Gallery, Laundrette, MESS Castaways, Mull Pottery, Tobermory Fish Company, Tobermory Gift Shop Tobermory Post Office, Pier Caf , Salen Spar, Sgriob-ruadh Farm and The Ferry Shop with donations from Olive Brown, Liz Davidson and Donna Dugdale.

The Play Park Committee was established in 2014 by a galvanised and how group of local mums and grannies, tired of the current, underused facilities. Huge efforts have been made by the Committee to raise the necessary funds to complete the project, mirrored by such huge support from the local community.

Coming next

The next fundraiser planned is a Burn s Supper dinner dance with live music from Trail West and recitals of Burn s favourites. Scheduled for Friday 22nd January 2016, at the Aros Hall, Tobermory, dinner includes a three course meal with a complementary dram of local whisky. Tickets can be purchased for both the dinner and dance at 35; or for the dance alone at 10. Everyone interested in coming can purchase tickets from Thorne Wyness Architects beside the bank or through any members of the Playpark Committee.

All money raised through ticket sales and the bar will contribute to the Tobermory Play Park Appeal.