Ceilidh to raise funds for Oxfam

A CEILIDH to raise money for Oxfam takes place on Friday at Sabhal mor Ostaig.

Acts appearing include Angus Nicolson, Anne Martin, Christine Primrose, Margaret Stewart, Decker Forrest, Duncan Overmeer, Mairi Sine Chaimbeul, along with students from the Gaelic college.

Also entertaining will be some drama, raffles and a bar.

All monies raised on the Ceilidh evening will be donated to Oxfam’s education projects in Pakistan, especially to encourage female education in disaster-hit areas of the country.

Jen Meenan, Fundraising Manager at Oxfam Scotland, said: “Getting a good education has always been difficult in rural Pakistan. But things were made even harder after 2010’s flooding destroyed numerous schools.

“The poor standard of school buildings highlights the limited government investment in education. Outdated teaching methods, lack of equipment and facilities, coupled with patriarchal attitudes, make things particularly difficult for girls, evidenced by higher absenteeism, drop-out rates and levels of illiteracy.”

She continued: “The Oxfam Ceilidh will help improve school buildings, raise standards, promote girls enrolment, and pressure the authorities to invest in education.

“Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Without the kindness of people who organise and support Oxfam events, we would not be able to carry out projects such as this.”
The Sabhal Mor Ostaig Oxfam Ceilidh will start at 8pm and tickets cost £8 (£5 for students).