Annual award announced at Glasgow Lewis and Harris Gathering

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The 128th Annual Gathering of the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association took place on Friday, 6th November, and will be regarded as one of the finest in recent times.

The Cuach is awarded each year to a person or persons who have brought honour to themselves by their actions from which others benefit.

This year’s recipient is Donald MacLeod (Donnie Maroot) for his tremendous work in helping people in care in the Western Isles and elsewhere through his Jokebooks and ‘Care for a Ceilidh’.

He has produced three of his ‘awful jokebooks’ and has raised over £25,000 so far.

This money has been split between Bethesda, Harris House, Tagsa Uibhist and Cobhair Bharraigh.

About three years ago, he thought that with so many talented singers and musicians in Glasgow, that a platform to showcase their music could be provided in a care home environment.

So far there have been around 75 ceilidhs and, by having them at the last three National Mods, they have spread out beyond the Glasgow area.

All the singers and musicians give of their time and talent for nothing and they come from all well known bands and choirs and Mod Gold Medal winners and students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

A series of ceilidhs across the Western Isles is being organised as part of Mental Health week.

All this as well as being the Head Actuary at Scottish Friendly, the Chair of An Lochran, on the committee of the Association of Gaelic Choirs, singing with the GG choir and playing a bit of football, he is truly a most worthy winner.

Pictured is Angela and Donnie ‘Maroot’ Macleod with the the Cuach.