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Huge response for Skye charity as part of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Cèilidh Mhòr online

05/2020

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s annual end of term cèilidh was held online last Friday for the first time ever and was extremely well received with almost 7k viewers watching the Facebook live event.

The event brings the academic year to and end and gives both students and staff the opportunity to come together at the College for a night of music, dancing and entertainment.  However, as that was not possible this year the SMO students association, Comann nan Oileanach, decided to put together the Cèilidh Mhòr online via Zoom with a ceilidh thereafter on Facebook live, hosted by Iain Smith from the band Trail West.

SMO Vice Principal and Director of Studies, Dr Marsaili Macleod spoke of the evening’s success:  ‘It was amazing and wonderful to see so many of our students from different courses, part-time and full-time, along with members of staff to bring the year to a close.  Although we are all at home, the college community is still strong and it was incredible to see such a high number of people enjoying the Facebook live cèilidh with Iain Smith, a large number of SMO graduates amongst them.  I hope everyone who was watching at home enjoyed the evening!’

The event on Zoom included music from SMO students, Micheal Steele and Saffron Hanvidge, a cocktail masterclass and, for the first time, CnO’s Student Awards which commended individuals on various achievements, teaching and SMO community work.

As part of the evening, CnO decided to raise money for the Skye charity – Skye Community Response – this year and the total sum at present is £1100.  The raffle will be drawn on Friday and includes a great selection of prizes such as, a 1 nights’ stay for 4 in An Lòchran, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Penthouse overlooking the Sound of Sleat; a Runrig the Last Dance Limited Collector’s Edition DVD signed by former Runrig Member Donnie Munro; a £50 Love from Skye Gift Voucher and a luxury Isle of Skye Candles Company Gift Set.