On 25th January 2017, a ceremony was held in Edinburgh to mark the final handover of funds from Urras Gnìomhachas nan Gàidheal.
The club was founded in 1987 by Sir Iain Noble. It brought together figures from the business world, many of them from the Western Isles, with the aim of helping young Gaels in their chosen careers. The club took the decision in 2015 that the best way of continuing the work of the club was to transfer the remaining funds to another Gaelic organisation.
£83,000 was therefore donated to Urras Brosnachadh na Gàidhlig (Gaelic Language Promotion Trust).
Alasdair Allan MSP took part in the ceremony and commented:
“It was great to be able to take part in this ceremony earlier today. Urras Brosnachadh na Gàidhlig have been instrumental in supporting the teaching and preservation of the Gaelic language and I’m pleased they have these additional funds to keep up their good work.
“While it is unfortunate that Club Gnìomhachas nan Gàidheal is not able to continue, we can take encouragement from the large amount of bodies dedicated to the development of the Gaelic language, compared to when they were first established back in the eighties. Both organisations should take credit for their part in achieving that progress”
Mary Sandeman, Chair of Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig, said “This is a momentous day for Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig and we are enormously grateful to Urras Gnìomhachas nan Gàidheal for considering our Trust a suitable recipient for these funds. We will add these funds to our existing portfolio of stocks and shares and will consider how to make best use of this generous legacy in the coming weeks and months.”