Es­planade art aims to give a hand to char­ity fundrais­ing

The Oban Times - - News - KATIE CARABINE reporter@oban­

FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess of fundrais­ing for the play­park at At­lantis Leisure, Friends of Oban Community Play­park have turned their at­ten­tion to gen­er­at­ing money for a sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity for pre-school chil­dren.

The group has a tar­get of £100,000 for the park, with more than £40,000 al­ready raised. Their lat­est fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive has seen more than 800 wooden hand­prints, cre­ated by lo­cal chil­dren, be­ing hung along the rail­ings on Oban’s es­planade since the start of May.

The Help­ing Hands community art in­stal­la­tion, funded by BID4Oban, Vol­un­tary Arts Week mi­cro fund and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s third sec­tor grants, will be on dis­play through­out the sum­mer months, with peo­ple view­ing the art­works be­ing asked to text OBAN16 £ 5 to 70070 to do­nate £ 5 to the cause, or place cash do­na­tions in green tubs sta­tioned in many of the town’s busi­nesses.

Chil­dren from Lochnell, Dal­mally, Rock­field, St Columba’s, Park, Eas­dale and Lu­ing pri­mary schools, along with young­sters from Lit­tle Learn­ers and At­lantis Easter Camp, have all taken part, with 200 more hand­prints from Ap­pin and Dun­beg schools still to be hung.

Jewson in Oban do­nated 1,600 ca­ble ties to fas­ten the prints to the rail­ings af­ter string proved too noisy as the wooden boards clat­tered to­gether in the wind.

So far the Help­ing Hands project has raised more than £250 in do­na­tions.

An in­ter-gen­er­a­tional spon­sored walk is planned from Cor­ran Halls to Dunollie House and back to­day (Thurs­day) to help raise funds for the project.

The walk leaves from the Cor­ran Halls at 10am and will make its way along the foot­path to Dunollie Cas­tle be­fore head­ing back to the halls.

The spon­sor­ship money gath­ered from this event will go to­wards the £60,000 still needed to cover the £100,000 ex­pected cost of the un­der-fives play­park.

The or­gan­iser say they are an­tic­i­pat­ing about 270 pre-school chil­dren from a num­ber of nurs­eries, Park pri­mary one pupils, and chil­dren and par­ents not at­tached to any nurs­ery. They will be walk­ing along­side mem­bers of Oban Seniors’ Fo­rum and Oban Health Walks.

Al­to­gether, there could be about 400 peo­ple tak­ing part in the short cir­cu­lar walk, with dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions com­ing to­gether to raise money for a much-needed and wanted un­der-fives play­park.

There will be an Oban High School stu­dent sig­nalling the start with bag­pipes, the Lions Club is sup­port­ing the event and will be mar­shalling at key points, while Dunollie Cas­tle Mu­seum is do­nat­ing soft drinks and wa­ter.

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