Lit­tle Laila’s big climb for kirk

The Oban Times - - Front Page - DAVID McPHEE editor@oban­times.co.uk

A THREE-YEAR- OLD girl from Taynuilt has pledged to climb a 368-me­tre peak to raise money for St Co­nan’s Kirk, af­ter lead was stolen from the roof last month.

And now the tiny trecker has be­come part of the ‘crowd­fund­ing’ craze as her cause gath­ers mo­men­tum, with 25 peo­ple al­ready do­nat­ing to­wards her walk.

Laila Lopez and her par­ents, Ailsa and Don­nie, were driv­ing passed the Loch Awe church when Ailsa told Laila about the £ 35,000 worth of lead that was stripped by thieves. Laila, who be­lieves a princess lives in the church, said she would buy a new pink roof with the money from her piggy bank.

Ailsa said: ‘She usu­ally keeps her money to her­self, so the idea came as quite a shock.

‘I ex­plained to her this money wouldn’t be enough, but be­cause it was such a nice idea, I sug­gested she could raise some money for St Co­nan’s Kirk.’

Laila then sug­gested the fam­ily climb Beinn Lora, near Ben­der­loch, to raise money for the re­pairs to the kirk. She has al­ready raised £250 through her Just­Giv­ing page, with 17 days left to hit her tar­get of £ 500. Ian Craig, who is the chair­man of the kirk’s fundrais­ing group, Friends of St. Co­nan’s, said he would be or­gan­is­ing some of group’s mem­bers to go along on the walk.

He said: ‘It’s ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble that some­one so young would do some­thing so self­less with their pocket money. I’m thrilled that so many peo­ple have al­ready do­nated and I am go­ing to make Laila an honorary Friend of St. Co­nan’s. At three, she is def­i­nitely our youngest mem­ber.’

Any­one who wants to do­nate should visit: https:// crowd­fund­ing.just­giv­ing.com/ Laila-lopez.

TINY TRECKER: Lit­tle Laila

with her mother Ailsa

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