Gaelic cen­tre lands £50,000 cash wind­fall

The Oban Times - - News -

SABHAL Mòr Os­taig, the na­tional cen­tre for Gaelic, has ac­knowl­edged the fi­nan­cial sup­port of £ 50,000 gifted to the col­lege by Dr Fred­erik Paulsen ju­nior who, along with Moss­burn Dis­tillers, is the ‘driv­ing force’ be­hind the de­vel­op­ment of the newly- com­pleted Torab­haig Dis­tillery on the south of Skye.

The do­na­tion, made through the Paulsen Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, is given in sup­port and in recog­ni­tion of the im­por­tant work which Sabhal Mòr Os­taig un­der­takes and de­liv­ers, as the na­tional cen­tre for Gaelic, with re­gard to se­cur­ing the con­tin­ued re­gen­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the lan­guage, cul­ture and com­mu­nity.

Dr Paulsen’s fam­ily, which owns the glob­ally suc­cess­ful com­pany, Fer­ring Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, started in Swe­den in 1936, by Dr Paulsen’s late fa­ther, Dr Fred­erik Paulsen se­nior, has a long his­tory of en­gage­ment in phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­ity through­out the world.

Dr Paulsen, born in the tiny port of Dage­bull on the North Frisian coast, took a very par­tic­u­lar and spe­cial in­ter­est in main­tain­ing and sup­port­ing the Frisian lan­guage of his par­ents and an­ces­tors.

Sabhal Mòr Os­taig’s di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing, Don­nie Munro, said: ‘This do­na­tion is very wel­come in­deed and, quite apart from its ob­vi­ous use­ful­ness, it is an im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional com­men­da­tion of our on-go­ing work in sup­port of the Gaelic lan­guage, cul­ture and com­mu­nity and mir­rors the Paulsen fam­ily’s his­tor­i­cal sup­port for, and un­der­stand­ing of, the is­sues fac­ing mi­nor­ity lan­guages across the world.’

The do­na­tion, which is spread across two fi­nan­cial years, will be ap­plied in sup­port of the work of the To­bar an Dualchais-Kist o Riches, Na­tional Con­ser­va­tion and Digi­ti­sa­tion Pro­gramme, con­sid­ered by many to be one of the most ex­ten­sive, far-reach­ing and im­por­tant cul­tural her­itage pro­grammes un­der­taken any­where in Europe.

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