Big smiles at the official book launch

Young entrepreneurs at Sgoil an Rubha have donated a cheque for £1,000 to the Western Isles Diabetes Centre, after publishing their very own recipe book. 

Pupils from Primary 4 and 5 chose the Diabetes Centre for their designated charity, as classmate Finlay Reynolds (8) has Type 1 Diabetes and needs at least four insulin injections and eight finger pricks every day.

On Friday, nurses from the Diabetes Centre were invited to an official book launch, where Finlay presented them with their cheque.

Each child had to come up with a recipe for the book, and they oversaw all aspects of publishing – from the front cover to font styles.

They chose local business GDK Signs to print their books and Diane Smith (along with pet dog Ringo) was also present at the launch.

All three Point councillors contributed financially to get the company – SAR– up and running, and books were sold in various outlets, including Buth an Rubha, The Kitchen Centre, Nicolson’s Newsagents, GDK Signs, and Back & Sides Barbers.

Having printed 250 books, the Sgoil an Rubha Recipe Company are now in the process of planning a reprint, such has been the overwhelming response to their project in the wider community.

Anne Macphail, principal and class teacher, was overwhelmed by the amount raised by the pupils in this social enterprise.

She explained how the pupils became involved during the Developing Young Workforce week and she went on to explain how fundraising and volunteering should be embedded into the curriculum and this is what she tries to achieve in her class.

The recipe books cost £10, and if you would like a copy, please contact:

Tel 01851 870 641

Diabetes nurses Emma Mackenzie, Hilda Mackenzie and Joan Macleod are presented with their cheque by Finlay Reynolds

Diane Smith, of GDK Signs, brought Ringo along to the book launch, much to the delight of the pupils. Ringo himself was a big fan of the recipe book!