Thursday, July 20 2017
Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the National Park area, has contributed more than £1,000 towards the cost of an important new piece of equipment for use at Luss Highland Games.
At the recent 2017 event, charity Chairman James Fraser handed over a cheque for £1,125 to games athletics co-ordinator Bobby Lennox in the presence of Games chieftain and Friends Honorary President Sir Malcolm Colquhoun. This is due to be Sir Malcolm’s last year as Games Chieftain before he hands over the duty to his son Patrick Colquhoun, Younger of Luss. The money has gone towards the purchase of a new landing mat for the high jump event at the Games, with the old equipment needing replaced.
Funding for the initiative has come from the Friends of OUR park voluntary visitor giving scheme which involves local businesses which include several in the village of Luss. Major contributors in the area include the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, the Inn at Inverbeg and the Lodge on Loch Lomond.
The Friends have a regular presence at Luss Highland Games, which takes place in early July every year, and were on site again at what was a successful afternoon attended by thousands of residents and visitors to the Loch Lomondside village. The Games are held on Luss Estates Games Field with the support of Luss Estates.
Sir Malcolm Colquhoun said: “It is great to see such generosity from visitors contributing to the Friends of OUR park project being used to such great effect. Luss Highland Games is a fixture in many people’s calendars and it is important that it has the equipment needed to make it a safe and enjoyable day. The Friends’ gesture has certainly made a big contribution towards that.”
James Fraser, Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, said: “Supporting major events like this one is a very important aspect of our fundraising work and we are delighted to be able to support the Games in this way. Our grateful thanks are once again extended to all those who have made contributions to our pioneering Friends of OUR park project, as well as the many businesses in all parts of the National Park, including Luss, who make this happen.”
Bobby Lennox added: “We are delighted with this support from the Friends and wish to express our sincere thanks to them and all the businesses and donors who participate in the Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme. Running an event like this is not easy and we appreciate whatever support we can get, especially such an excellent sum of money as this one. The high jump participants also commented on how good it was to have a new landing mat to use. The weather has been kind to us for Luss Highland Games this year and we are already looking forward to next year.”