Sea of pink as Bal­lachul­ish young­sters get rac­ing for can­cer re­search

The Oban Times - - West Highland Times -

BAL­LACHUL­ISH was a sea of pink as pupils and par­ents from the lo­cal school raced for life in sup­port of can­cer suf­fer­ers.

Around 90 peo­ple took part in the event which saw up­per school pupils com­pete in a 5k race with young­sters from the lower school run­ning shorter dis­tances.

Pro­ceed­ings kicked off with a warm-up, lead by Lorna from High­land Hus­tle. The pupils showed their youth as Morag Milne, who helped mar­shal the race, said the win­ner fin­ished so quickly she had a tough time get­ting round to the fin­ish line on time.

The prin­ci­pal teacher added: ‘It was a huge suc­cess. The pupils ab­so­lutely loved tak­ing part in the race. Leon Lawrie, who is in pri­mary six, won it for the boys and Molly McLach­lan, pri­mary four, won it for the girls.

‘The older pupils were re­ally good at look­ing af­ter the younger ones, mak­ing sure they got round the vil­lage safely and kept the spir­its up, so we were de­lighted for them and ev­ery­one who took part.’

More than £200 has been do­nated so far on the school’s just giv­ing page with cash still be­ing col­lected by the chil­dren from their spon­sors. The fi­nal amount will be do­nated to can­cer re­search. Ms Milne said: ‘Peo­ple turned up in fancy dress which al­ways adds to the en­joy­ment and we were rais­ing money for can­cer re­search so pink was the dom­i­nant colour.

‘ We’re re­ally grate­ful for the gen­eros­ity from the lo­cal community in their do­na­tions and also to the busi­nesses who helped make the event pos­si­ble.’

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