Busega Scotland has been very active over the last week in its Scottish heartland of Moray. It never ceases to amaze us how willing people are to help projects based in a country some seven thousand miles away. But help they want to do.
In John and Christine’s home village, a lady up the street knocked on the door to say she had ‘a few jigsaws’ if we could sell them for our funds. When we went to collect a ‘few’ turned out to be thirty-eight (!) and these are destined for the charity shop in September. They will fetch a good price as jigsaws are very much in demand. A very big thank you goes to Mrs Marnoch.
Networking is an important part of what Busega Scotland does to tap into the goodwill that abounds. TSI Moray is a voluntary sector ‘hub’ based in Elgin and on 23rd March it held its annual ‘Joining the Dots’ conference. Christine and John went along to set-up a stand for Busega Scotland. Great contacts were made, with the possibility of future joint working with other organisations. The workshop sessions on funding applications and marketing were also very useful.
Moray is the home of a new and rare species, the ‘hairy bottle’. It has now been found in two locations – the Station Hotel in Burghead and in Community Care at the Moray Council. The only photographic evidence shows trustee Mike McClafferty with Davy Hill, the landlord of the hotel, and the hairy creature. He/She was so popular that customers paid £56 in an attempt to win the little darling, and the bottle of whisky attached to it. Thanks go to Steven Dean, who donated the ‘water of life’, and to Davy and Kirsty Hill at the Station Hotel .
It was revealed at the Quiz Night that John Campbell had won Community Care’s specimen. Only the bottle now remains and probably not too much inside it! Thanks to trustee Joyce Lorimer for donating the whisky and making it hairy. Hairy Bottolologists say no stem cells are required, just an attractive bottle (whisky or otherwise), some string, address labels and sellotape. If you can get a bottle and want to have a go, raising £50 for Busega Scotland, without a hairy beast being harmed in anyway, then please contact Christine and John for details.