The Royal Air Force Association hosted a stall at the recent Point Agricultural Show on Lewis for the first time, with the aim being to raise funds and heighten public awarness of the organisation.
With the help of the usual faithful Branch volunteers, all the RAFA merchandise and promotional goods were transported to the site, and laid out for the public’s delight.
Along with the ever popular items such as John Norman’s ‘Lucky Dip’ for the children, and Pat’s fudge, this year the group featured a ‘Guess the Weight of the Salmon’ competition, with a salmon kindly donated by The Scottish Salmon Company of Stornoway.
This really turned out to be a money earner, with plenty of people willing to take a punt on guessing the weight. Several members in the public, who know about these things, commented on the good size of the fish.
Once the public started to arrive at 1-30 pm, the afternoon seemed to pass fairly quickly, with the Branch members manning the stall being kept busy as good numbers of the public passed through the tented stall area.
The Branch’s takings from the event amounted to just over £200, with approximately £60 of that from the salmon competition.
These events also help spread the word about RAFA on the island, and give us a chance to speak to people about our work within a wider audience.
This year’s experience definitely bodes well for the future, with the Association’s return to the Point Show next year a certainty.