Appin brothers share young citizenship award
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.