The Oban Times - - LETTERS -


is no doubt­ing the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity, and at the week­end the Oban com­mu­nity did its town proud as more than £13,000 was raised at this year’s sell­out Ryan MacPhail me­mo­rial din­ner.

Ac­cord­ing to Alan and Amanda MacPhail, who or­gan­ise the an­nual event in mem­ory of their son, the winning for­mula this year was down to the in­tro­duc­tion of a raf­fle rather than the usual auc­tion.

The speak­ers were no doubt a huge draw, too, with former Manchester United, Rangers and North­ern Ire­land star Jimmy Ni­choll, the former Celtic and Scot­land player Tosh McKin­lay and John McK­elvie, a re­tired po­lice­man and foot­ball ref­eree, tak­ing part.

But praise must also go to the fam­ily and to their many helpers, in­clud­ing staff, as it is their de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work that is the foun­da­tion on which the suc­cess­ful event has been built.

And with­out this ef­fort many or­gan­i­sa­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties for the un­der-18s would be worse off, as money is given to youth foot­ball teams, shinty and rugby clubs, and for school trips, as well as given to help sick chil­dren. So a huge thanks to every­one in­volved.

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