Your chance to make a real difference

Murran Mackay.
Murran Mackay.

Projects in the Kirriemuir and Forfar areas are among the first in a unique community fundraising venture launched last week by Angus Council.

The Crowdfunding scheme is hoping to attract much needed funding for the Bon Scott Statue and Murran Mackay in Kirriemuir; the Aberlemno Bunker Restoration Project; Blair House in Glen Doll as well as Fireworks for Arbroath and Bygone Gardens - a year long project to create gardens for people with dementia in Angus.

Each project is unique and is seeking cash from the community to help get their plans off the ground.

For the past two years Kirriemuir community group DD8 Music has been fundraising to honour one of the town’s most famous sons - Bon Scott.

Kirriemuir was the home town of a little lad named Ronald. He was to grow up to become the lead singer of one of the biggest bands of all time, and a legend in the world of rock music, AC/DC’s Bon Scott.

DD8 Music plan to recognise this by having a memorial statue to Bon, created by sculptor John Mckenna, erected in the town. At the time of going to press £37,777 of the £45,000 target had been reached.

Meanwhile, a determined 13-year-old Kirriemuir girl is fundraising to help her follow her dreams.

Murran Mackay has Spina Bifida and does not have any movement from her hips down, which means she cannot walk and has to use a wheelchair to get around.

She said: “I have used a wheelchair from the age of two but I am quite a confident, friendly and passionate young girl who has a determination to get as far as I can with my dreams.

“I have recently developed a keen interest in wheelchair racing which allows me to start my journey to becoming a wheelchair racer and taking part in the Paralympics. This requires me to travel to larger places such as Dunfermline, Grangemouth or Glasgow in order to train and get better at what I do best. I competed at many different levels in various events including swimming and track and field events. I have won many medals with the majority of them being gold. I have been competing in wheelchair racing for over a year and I have won several gold and silver medals.”

Murran also takes part in wheelchair basketball and is part of the Under 15 Scottish Wheelchair Basketball team. She continued: “In the next five years, I hope that I have developed many more skills and trained as hard as I can to compete in events like the London Mini Marathon and the Paralympics.

“My aim is to raise £8000 which will help me to succeed my dream of becoming a paralympian. There is a lot of money spent on my training and the maintenance of my new racing chair and what you donate can really help to continue my journey.”

At the time of going to press £295 of Murran’s £8000 had been pledged.