Ap­pin broth­ers share young cit­i­zen­ship award

The Oban Times - - BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS -

TWO AP­PIN broth­ers who spent the pre­vi­ous year fundrais­ing for their re­spec­tive char­i­ties have shared the vil­lage’s young cit­i­zen­ship award.

Alan and Lorne Carmichael have been jointly named Ap­pin’s Out­stand­ing Young Per­son, an award pre­sented an­nu­ally by the Ap­pin Com­mu­nity Trust.

Alan, 21, has re­cently re­turned from Tan­za­nia, where he joined up with Raleigh In­ter­na­tional to help the char­ity build a hand-wash­ing sta­tion at a school in ru­ral Dodoma.

De­scrib­ing his five-week ad­ven­ture as an ‘un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence’, Alan fondly re­calls play­ing foot­ball with lo­cal school­child­ren and be­ing chased by an ele­phant when on sa­fari.

But a par­tic­u­larly poignant mo­ment was vis­it­ing his great-grand­fa­ther Wil­liam Hog­a­rth’s grave in Moro­goro, just a five-minute drive from where he met up with his Raleigh In­ter­na­tional col­leagues: ‘It was such an eye opener, an­other way of life,’ said Alan, who is the youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ar­gyll on the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the Church of Scot­land. ‘I bought the chil­dren a foot­ball be­cause they were kick­ing around a ball made of bin lin­ers wrapped in elas­tic bands. They were happy with what they had, which wasn’t very much.

‘The vol­un­teers were from dif­fer­ent parts of the world but we all bonded re­ally quickly and I’ve made friends for life.’

Alan’s brother Lorne was named joint win­ner of the young cit­i­zen­ship award.

Nine­teen-year-old Lorne has do­nated £1,771 to Chil­dren in Cri­sis as part of his fundrais­ing for this year’s Lon­don Marathon, de­spite be­ing un­able to take part af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury just a month be­fore the event.

Alan and Lorne Carmichael were named joint win­ners of Ap­pin’s Young Cit­i­zen­ship Award.

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