South Uist

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SOUTH UIST woman Gemma Steele has been nom­i­nated as a lo­cal hero for her char­ity work help­ing chil­dren in Kenya.

Na h’Eileanan an Iar MSP Alas­dair Al­lan chose her to at­tend the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment last Satur­day (July 2).

All 129 MSPs were in­vited to make such nom­i­na­tions for lo­cal he­roes to at­tend the cer­e­mony at Holy­rood and take part in the tra­di­tional ‘ Rid­ing’ pro­ces­sion down the Royal Mile along with 2,000 other peo­ple.

The Queen ad­dressed MSPs in the Cham­ber and Holy­rood’s ‘ Big Day Out’ took place, a fun-filled fam­ily day of ex­plor­ing the par­lia­ment build­ing and tak­ing part in events such as a mini High­land Games.

Com­ment­ing be­fore the event took place, Mr Al­lan said: ‘Gemma is clearly an ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­ual and her work has been a true in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers. She has shown in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing trans­form the lives of young peo­ple in Kenya by found­ing an or­phan­age. I think Gemma epit­o­mises the warm, out­ward look­ing, char­i­ta­ble char­ac­ter of th­ese isles and I look for­ward to see­ing her take part in the open­ing of par­lia­ment.’ CEÒLAS Uib­hist’s an­nual sym­po­sium cel­e­brat­ing sig­nif­i­cant South Uist peo­ple, places, events and tra­di­tions will take place at the end of the month.

This year’s event, ‘Tìr tha Tait­neach, will run from July 24-26 and will fo­cus on the vil­lages of How­beg, How­more and Snishival.

There will be a host of ac­tiv­i­ties and events such as walks, talks, con­certs and ceilidhs, spin­ning demon­stra­tion and song classes.

Gemma Steele is a ‘true in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers’.

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