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MACC Donate 15,000 to dialysis campaign

12th Sep 2014

Directors at Machrihanish Airbase Community Company have awarded a generous donation of £15,000 to a local kidney dialysis charity, which has been campaigning for a dialysis unit in Campbeltown Hospital from July this year.

Currently, local patients have to make the three and a half hour trip to the Vale of Leven Hospital three times a week for life saving dialysis treatment.

Depute chair of MACC, Donald Mitchell said: ‘This is a hugely worthwhile campaign and something that means a lot to many individuals and families in Campbeltown. Now that MACC has had two years of very successful trading, we feel the time is right to give something back to our community.’

This donation will mark the start of a new charitable initiative from MACC where a donation will be awarded on an annual basis to a chosen local charity.
Don continues: ‘MACC’s key purpose has always been to support growth and development of the local economy by attracting inward investment and increasing opportunities for upcoming generations. However, we are keen to make our contribution on the other side of the airbase fence. The dialysis campaign is our chosen charity for 2014 and we will aim to review local campaigns and make our donation annually.’

MACC are also working closely with Campbeltown Running Club to host an ‘extreme obstacle course’ event which will take place at the airbase on November 29th, with all proceeds going to the dialysis fund. Taking inspiration from the likes of Tough Mudder and Spartan events, the assault course will be four miles long and will feature obstacles that make use of the airbase’s disused assets such as trenches, bunkers and an outdoor shooting range. Entry to the MACC Challenge is now open via www.entrycentral.com.

Local councillor, Donald Kelly, who is leading the dialysis group said: ‘The MACC group are going from strength to strength and this fantastic donation is another example of how the group is supporting the wider community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank MACC and its board of directors for supporting the campaign and donating this considerable sum which will go a long way to helping us reach our target.’

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