Iolaire Centre Update

The Centenary Commemorations on the 1st January 2019 saw the whole community in Lewis and Harris pull together in an unprecedented way to commemorate, in many incredibly powerful ways, those that were lost and survived the Iolaire Disaster of 1919.

Following these events and the wide and initial overwhelming community support for progressing the build of the Iolaire Centre, the Iolaire Centre charity is now embarking on the fundraising required to move the project forward to build a world-class visitor experience in Stornoway in the Hebribes, which will tell the story of the Iolaire tragedy.

This fundraising is a massive undertaking, with all stakeholders, government and the wider diaspora being able to and invited to contribute. The aim is to raise between one and two million pounds from the public to support the funding.

It is important that the public have ownership of the proposed centre through subscription of a very significant part of the funding and it is hoped that all stakeholders will contribute support in any way they can.

The fundraising campaign has begun with a major corporate donation and pledge of up to £100,000 over the next four years and it is hoped that support for the project, financial or otherwise, will continue through the Iolaire.org web site.

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