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The Mairi Semple Cancer Fund is asking children to help design a medal for one of its fundraising heroes.
The charity launched a competition on Wednesday asking youngsters to design a medal for Campbeltown’s David Brown, who is challenging himself to run or walk 5k, or complete 25 minutes of exercise every day of 2020 in a bid to stay fit and raise money for charity.
For every kilometre he completes, David donates 30p of his own money to the charity of his choice for that month. So far, he has donated to the British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie, and Helen Gilchrist’s Jolly Monday Show fundraising campaign, as well as charities which raise awareness of mental health, stroke, and primary ciliary dyskinesia.
July’s beneficiary is the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund, a Kintyre charity which raises money for cancer relief and research.
To reward David’s efforts, the fund’s committee is challenging youngsters to design a medal.
Entries can be made using any material or can be a drawing, which should have ‘Mairi Semple Cancer Fund’ and ‘Lockdown July 2020’ written on it – but the rest is up to the entrants!
There will be three winners who will be decided on July 26. They will each receive a goodie bag and all entries will be displayed at the charity’s next event.
Entries can be posted in the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund box in Tesco or mailed to Fiona Macalister, Glenacardoch Farm, Glenbarr, PA29 6UT. Entrants are asked to include their name and contact details.
Fiona and some others have been supporting David by completing their own runs.
David told the Courier: ‘I am only doing it to keep as fit as I can but I thought it would be nice to give something back so decided I would start this challenge. I send a message to each charity and say that if anyone wants to join in, they can. I’m overwhelmed by the response of Fiona and the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund committee.’