NEXT year he is getting set to undertake the NY2SY (New York to Stornoway) row of the Atlantic to raise money for and awareness of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) - but this week Gaelic presenter Niall Iain Macdonald is lending a hand to the Children In Need fund-raising effort with a row from Castlebay to Stornoway.
The ‘CY2SY’ Challenge began yesterday with Niall Iain setting off from the Barra port at 8am. And, after rowing a hundred or so miles, he aims to be back in Stornoway to celebrate at the Radio nan Gaidheal ceilidh on Friday night.
Niall Iain says: “I’ve been wanting to tackle this route all summer and I’m glad that I can do one final row before the end of the year.
“It will be my longest one to date – 100 miles over three days – and it will be strange as I will be rowing in darkness, more than daylight, due to the short days.”
He adds: “I’m aiming to be back in time for the Children In Need Ceilidh at BBC Radio nan Gaidheal on Friday night, so Pudsey will have to do a shift or two on the oars to make sure we make it!”
If you want to help support Niall Iain’s Children In Need fund-raiser, and follow his progress, you can donate by logging onto www.justgiving.com/greatminchrow.
And for further information about Niall Iain’s New York to Stornoway 2012 mission, visit www.ny2sy.co.uk