Port of Inverness Chief Executive, Sinclair Browne took part in the inaugural Vuelta de Isla Negra cycle event which was organised by solicitors firm Ledingham Chalmers LLP to help raise funds for the Avoch Amenities Association (“AAA”). The AAA have fantastic plans to re-develop the old bowling green and tennis courts (that have now fallen into disuse) into cutting edge all weather multi-sport pitches for the benefit of the people of Avoch and the wider Black Isle Community. The AAA are hoping to raise £300,000 to take the project through to completion.
Roddy Cormack, a Senior Associate at Ledingham Chalmers, has family connections with the AAA and came up with the idea for the event to help raise the profile of the AAA’s plans and also help raise funds for the project. Roddy says, “it was great to have the support of the Port of Inverness, ably represented by Sinclair, on the day. Events like these are a fantastic way of bringing local communities and the business sector together to their mutual benefit. We managed to raise over £1,000 for the AAA on the day and hopefully all who took part had a great time. Plans are in the pipeline to holding the event again next year – watch this space!”
Adding his comment, Sinclair said, ”It was a fantastic event and very well organised. Completing the route was very rewarding and I am delighted to be supporting such a well worth cause.”
The route which started and finished in Avoch took the cyclists on a 52 mile journey round the Black Isle with a total ascent of just over 2,800 feet. The picture shows the intrepid cyclists before setting off outside the pavilion at Avoch.
Donations to the AAA can be made through their JustGiving Page at: www.justgiving.com/avochamenitiesassociation