Glentober Aid fundraisers jump for joy

The 'top milers' from Dalintober and Glenbarr Primary Schools.
The 'top milers' from Dalintober and Glenbarr Primary Schools.

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Enthusiastic youngsters from Dalintober and Glenbarr Primary Schools hopped, skipped and jumped as they raised more than £2,000.

The Glentober Aid project was launched following the success of the Wee Toon Trekkers, a group of children from the schools who raised more than £1,000 for motor neurone disease research through the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Caroline Armour, head teacher of Dalintober Primary School and Early Learning Centre (ELC) and Glenbarr Primary School, approached the group to see if the members would be interested in leading a similar challenge for pupils, staff and families of both schools and the ELC.

The group more than accepted the request, securing funding and donations from several local businesses before launching the challenge in late March.

Participants were asked to log their miles as they carried out any form of exercise, including walking, cycling and jogging.

Many enjoyed adding to their miles during the school’s spring break.

All who took part were awarded a medal and goodie bag, while the ‘top milers’ were given additional prizes.

From Dalintober the ‘top milers’ were: P1 Amara Mullen; P2/1 Harry Martin; P2 Reilly Campbell; P3 Mia McConnachie; P4/3 Kyle McQuaker; P4 Mia Armour; P5 Kelvin Campbell; P6 Kayla Grumoli; P7/6 Finlay Wilson and P7 Alexander Semple. The ‘top miler’ from Glenbarr was Finlay Blair.

The total raised through the Glentober Aid event was £2,264.02, which will be split between both schools and the ELC, for interior decor, with a percentage of funds donated to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

This came from sponsors and donations to shop tins and an online fundraising page, all organised by the group and the parent teacher association committees of both schools.

Miss Armour and the group thanked the following: Peter McKerral, Glenside Tractors, Davaar Laundrette, Newgrove, McKellars, Donald McLean, McNairs, Killegruer, Glen Scotia, Fyne Energy, Rosie’s, Munch, DM Fabrication, Glenbarr Farms, Co-op Campbeltown, Argyll Bakeries, Tesco, The Original Factory Shop, Howdens, Glenbarr Stores, Buildbase and The Kintyre Larder.

Miss Armour would like to thank all members of the Glentober Aid committee: Nicola Forshaw, Eilidh Macalister, Kelly Brodrick, Jo Duncan, Eilidh McLellan, Donna McCrimmon, Denise Reid, Martine Craig, Lindsay Ramsay, Karen Lupton Garcia and Elspeth Campbell.

‘This is a fantastic example of shared partnership across both schools, ELC and their communities,’ Miss Armour added.

‘I am incredibly indebted to all who organised, donated and took part in the Glentober Aid challenge.

‘The monies raised will make a real difference to the interiors of both schools and ELC and also help a cause very close to many of us – ongoing research into and support for motor neurone disease. Sincere thanks to all.’