Six Cool Chicas walk away with Mairi Semple prize

Six Cool Chicas: Kristen Gillies, Janice Haden, Valerie Gillies, Emily Gillies and Charlotte MacAlister, with Rosie Gillies, front.
Six Cool Chicas: Kristen Gillies, Janice Haden, Valerie Gillies, Emily Gillies and Charlotte MacAlister, with Rosie Gillies, front.

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Six Cool Chicas walked away with the £50 first prize after taking part in a Mairi Semple Cancer Fund walking treasure hunt.

The fundraiser, organised by committee member Matthew Ralston and his family, offered participants clues which took them around town on Sunday July 17, with bonus treasures to be found for extra points.

One of the treasures people struggled to find was a copy of the Courier dated July 8!

There was a great turnout, with 34 teams entering. It was a warm day and it took nearly two hours for most people to complete.

Tea, coffees, cakes and sausage rolls were provided afterwards in the Lorne and Lowland Church’s new hall, where the winners – Kristen Gillies, Janice Haden, who was visiting from California, Valerie Gillies, Rosie Gillies, Emily Gillies and Charlotte MacAlister, going by the team name Six Cool Chicas – were presented with their prize.

The Mairi Semple Cancer Fund also had a stall at Helen Gilchrist’s Party at the Base the day before, with children’s games including hook-a-duck, hoopla, and a two-minute basketball challenge.

Between the two events, more than £600 was raised, which will help the fund provide financial assistance to Kintyre residents receiving cancer treatment, which can be used for any purpose that supports them best.

‘It’s great to be able to organise more fundraising activities this year which are hopefully fun for families to join in whilst supporting a worthwhile local cause,’ said a spokesperson.

‘We have a gardens open day coming up on July 31 and a golf competition at Dunaverty on August 14.

‘We hope that, through these events, we are not only raising money, but raising awareness of the Mairi Semple Cancer Fund and what support we offer.’