Care and Learning Alliance would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported our day of charity fundraising, #lovefromCALA, which took place on the 14th of February 2019. To everyone who baked, pedalled, danced, walked, dressed-up or donated, your support helped raise vital funds for two incredible charities that seek to improve the lives of young people in Highland: Mikeysline and the Hive and The ARCHIE Foundation.
The final amount is still being tallied up, but so far we have raised over £1500 pounds.
#lovefromCALA was a real team effort, with money being raised by our Inverness and Dingwall offices, our childcare settings all across Highland, our family support and our training team and our fantastic board of directors. We would also like to thank members of the public throughout Highland who dropped money into collection boxes, and to some incredibly generous local businesses who donated fantastic prizes for our raffle.
The Big CALA Bike Ride
With an exercise bike kindly lent to us by Bannatyne Health Club, our goal was to clock up as many kilometres as possible in the working day. We were thrilled with the number of people who were willing to take a turn on the bike, including office staff, visitors, a board member, a 4-year-old and a 12-year-old, and even an employee from an adjacent office.
Our aim was to go on a virtual tour of the Highlands, passing as many of our childcare settings as possible. Starting with Inverness settings such as WECC, St. John’s Preschool, Kinmylies, then out to the Black Isle taking in Muir of Ord and Dingwall Ducklings. With some tired legs, we pushed on and made it out to Strathpeffer Out of School Club, Golspie ELC. With a final big push at the end of the day, Office Manager Debbie took our total distance to 161km, enough to reach Tongue ELC.
CALA Childcare Settings
We couldn’t be prouder of the children and staff at our childcare settings, who embraced the spirit of #lovefromCALA by coming up with creative and fun ways to raise money.
Two of our Inverness settings, Raigmore ELC and Drakies OOSC, went on a sponsored walk to the UHI campus. A long way when you just have little legs!
The kids of Junior World in Nairn also chose to go for a stroll, handing out hand-made love hearts to passers-by in exchange for donations and the children attending the out of school care held a Valentines Disco. The children at Croilegan Inbhir Narann were dressing in red and doing a word search for their activity.
Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre went back in time to the 1980s, donning their leg warmers and neon headbands to have an 80’s themed disco.
Cradlehall ELCC organised a coffee morning, with relatives of the children stopping by for a hot drink and a piece of cake.
The children of Fortrose ELC limbered up and took part in a sponsored exercise session. For one minute they exercised their little hearts out – some danced, some ran on the spot, and some did star jumps.
Muir of Ord ELC got involved by having a ‘pyjama day’. They also made their own crowns, decorated with lots of love hearts, while Munlochy Preschool Centre children went for a sponsored walk to look for fairy houses!
So many of our settings got involved that there isn’t enough space to mention everyone here! Thank you to all of the children, staff and relatives who got involved and made #lovefromCALA so special.
Coffee mornings were held at our Inverness office and our Dingwall office, with a steady stream of visitors stopping by to leave a donation, have a chat and enjoy a bit of home-baking. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
Again, a huge thank you to everyone who helped #lovefromCALA raise a fantastic amount of money for two amazing charities!