by Sir E Scott Mod Committee in Isle of Harris, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, United Kingdom

Total raised £246

£2,000 target 5 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st May 2024 at 2:33pm

We need to raise £10k to take the school choirs to the Royal National Mòd 2024-the biggest cultural event in the Gaelic world. Can you help?

by Sir E Scott Mod Committee in Isle of Harris, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, United Kingdom

Harris has a long and proud tradition of Gaelic singing. In fact, some of the parents (and grandparents) on the committee are choir alumni themselves. Despite our tiny size, the local school boasts two outstanding Gaelic choirs, one each for junior and senior competitors. The seniors won every single choral prize in 2022 and 2023, with the juniors achieving 5 first places and 1 second.  Many of the choir members also compete successfully as soloists, and many SES choir alumni have gone on to Higher Education in music and/or Gaelic and then into outstanding careers as Gaelic singers, broadcasters, and instrumentalists.  

However, all this costs a lot of money! We are a (very) remote community and taking children to the event involves a lot of costs. These include:

  • Entry fees
  • Choir uniforms and alterations.
  • Accommodation for at least two nights for participants and volunteer adults
  • Food while away (and that is lot of food!)
  • Bus hire
  • Ferry travel
  • Engraving costs for trophies

...and that's just for starters! Even though the committee and our wonderful conductor Jayne give of our time free of charge throughout the year, it isn't hard to see how all of this means that we have to raise around £10,000 a year to allow the children to take part.

Why does it matter? It matters because by fundraising as a committee, we give children an opportunity that wouldn't otherwise be able to access. It matters because Gaelic, and Gaelic song, is at the very heart of our community - our choirs perform at a variety of events throughout the year to share their talents and keep our tradition alive. It matters because it is a vital step for our young Gaelic speakers which allows them to meet others and make connections that often last a lifetime and lead on to professional careers.  Without the volunteer army of parents, and without your help, this huge annual undertaking simply would not be possible. 

We are so grateful for any amount you can give! Thank you for your support.

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