Little Laila’s big climb for kirk
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