Kirsty’s on tar­get to reach gala goal

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A LOCHABER women is well on her way to reach­ing her fundrais­ing tar­get for this year’s Caol gala day.

Kirsty Kyle, of Caol, be­gan rais­ing money on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 3 when she or­gan­ised prize bingo at Caol Com­mu­nity Cen­tre which raised £1,700.

Mum- of-two Kirsty needs to raise around £6,000 for the an­nual gala day, which will be held on Satur­day June 24 this year.

Speak­ing to The Oban Times Kirsty said: ‘ We run the gala so the com­mu­nity can get to­gether. The bingo was a good start as we need to raise about £6,000. We are on track to make what we need. We usu­ally have a Hal­lowe’en and Christ­mas dance for the chil­dren and we have that booked for this year too.’

Kirsty, who is also treasurer of Caol Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said she was ‘roped’ into help­ing a few years ago but has helped out ev­ery since. This year will be the third gala day.

‘I was asked to help make up num­bers but ended up do­ing the gala day and I have car­ried on with it ev­ery year since. The chil­dren re­ally miss out if we don’t or­gan­ise these things,’ said Kirsty.

Kirsty’s fundrais­ing ef­forts don’t stop at the gala. At the end of last year she raised £2,000 for two Lochaber chil­dren who were di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

Kirsty said: ‘I did an on­line raf­fle for the chil­dren which raised £2,000. I just wanted to do some­thing for the fam­i­lies. I felt re­ally bad and thought there must be some­thing we can do to make a wee bit of a dif­fer­ence.’

Kirsty has also been in­volved with fundrais­ing for Fight­ing for Frances which helped Caol woman Frances O’Con­nell go to Mex­ico to get stem cell treat­ment for her Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis (MS).

When The Oban Times ran a story about com­mu­nity fundraiser Liz Macmil­lan ear­lier this year, with a picture of Kirsty giv­ing Liz the Caol com­mu­nity cit­i­zen­ship award, our Face­book page was in­un­dated with com­ments about Kirsty’s hard work.

Nu­mer­ous peo­ple called for Kirsty to get the award this year, but she re­vealed to The Oban

Times she will not be in the run­ning: ‘It’s me who de­cides who gets the award and I won’t be giv­ing it to my­self,’ she laughed.

Kirsty added she is on the look­out for vol­un­teers to help build the mar­quees prior to the gala. If lo­cal clubs want to put on a show, Kirsty can be con­tacted on k.kyle@btopen­

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