Sgoil nan Loch Balloon Race

A total of 200 balloons were released by pupils at Sgoil nan Lochs.

A total of 200 balloons were released by pupils at Sgoil nan Lochs.

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HELPING raise awareness of and funds for the Western Isles Kidney Patients Association, pupils at Sgoil nan Loch released 200 balloons last week – and want to hear where they end up!

The Balloon Race was staged in aid of an epic challenge being undertaken by the school’s Mairi Maciver and pal Kirsteen Stewart who next year plan to climb the African peak of Kilimanjaro in aid of the local charity.

Said Mairi: “We chose Western Isles Kidney Patients Association because we, as a family, have been involved with them personally with our daughter Ellie who has chronic renal and bladder problems. “They were a rock for us when we needed support. They helped us financially at times when money was very short and trips to Yorkhill were costly – in that year we were in Glasgow 17 times! “They do a wonderful job for our island and they deserve our support.”

The Sgoil nan Loch Balloon Race saw balloons sold to members of the public and, now released, there will be a prize of £50 for the owner of the balloon which has travelled the furthest and a £25 prize for the person who finds it.

If you find a Sgoil nan Loch Balloon Race balloon or ticket, please get in touch using the contact details on the ticket or call the school on 01851 705187.

And to find out more about Mairi and Kirsteen’s 2013 advenutre, visit