Local artist, Calum Martin, hosted the Comhairle Cèilidh on Saturday night and managed to raise over £700 pounds for the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support, taking their total to over £2000.
Over 1 thousand live viewers joined the cèilidh (with over 16 thousand total views) to watch Calum perform and showed their appreciation by donating to the local charity.
Calum commented: “I would like to thank everyone who donated to the fundraising page and I am pleased to announce that we have reached our goal of £2000. Macmillan Cancer Support do incredible work and it is a charity which is very close to my heart, it means a lot to be able to donate to their cause.
“I think that the cèilidhs are a fantastic idea, it has been brilliant to interact with the viewers and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I retired from performing many years ago so it has been great to play old songs and get in touch with people from back in the day. I think the cèilidhs have helped keep people positive during these difficult times and I am looking forward to performing again soon.”
Chair of the local Macmillan Cancer Support Group Maggie Martin said:
“All of us at Macmillan Cancer Support Western Isles are absolutely delighted with the way Calum's Ceilidh helped boost our fundraising for our STOIRM CD. After Saturday night we saw so many donations flood in and by Sunday we had reached our target amount which was amazing.
“These are difficult times but people’s generosity always amazes us not only with money but with time. These cèilidhs are lifting everyone’s spirits young and old, the Comhairle should be very proud.”
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is pleased to be able to provide a platform for so many talented local artists. The Comhairle would also like to thank the artists and everyone near and far who continues to show support to those who perform on the page.
Anyone wishing to Donate to the Local Macmillan Cancer Support Group (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) can still do so.