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Kayak challenge follows Comet route

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Dewode-LogoA CHARITY sea kayak challenge this month will follow the first part of the route of Henry Bell’s Comet 1 steamship from Port Glasgow to Blackmill Bay, Luing.

Douglas Hardie and his daughter Ione will travel 72 miles non-stop on Friday and Saturday July 21 and 22.

They are raising money for a charity in Uganda called DEWODE — Dedicated Women in Development — which is chaired by Douglas’s wife Pauline.

She said: “The idea developed from our research into Henry Bell. We have a cottage on Luing, and when we read that passengers disembarked at Blackmill Bay it seemed appropriate to honour his memory.

“We visited the various memorials in Helensburgh some weeks ago and also obtained photos of the remains of the Comet's engine while visiting the Science Museum in London.

“The Luing History Group is setting up a display at the Atlantic Islands Centre to commemorate the remarkable story of Henry Bell and his Comet.”

Pauline and her husband founded the charity in 2009. It supports a group of women who live in the Kabermaido District in North Uganda.

“It began as a women's agricultural group and we have subsequently built a Health Centre which we hope to develop further,” she said.

“All fundraising goes directly to staff salaries, medical supplies and development.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 July 2017 17:43 )  

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