Charity drive for African adventure

From left to right, sisters Jen Low (secretary/treasurer at Leven Links), Kath Murray, Steph Nicol and Liz Mackay. Doing a charity ascent of Kilimanjaro in Sept 2015 for the Motor Neurone Disease charity MND Scotland
From left to right, sisters Jen Low (secretary/treasurer at Leven Links), Kath Murray, Steph Nicol and Liz Mackay. Doing a charity ascent of Kilimanjaro in Sept 2015 for the Motor Neurone Disease charity MND Scotland
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A charity golf day in Leven is set to propel a sibling foursome further towards the conquest of Africa’s tallest mountain.

Jen Low, the secretary-treasuer of the Leven Links Joint Committee, and her family hope everyone will be at peak form to help raise money for the Kilimanjaro challenge.

From left, sisters Jen Low, Kath Murray, Steph Nicol and Liz Mackay.

From left, sisters Jen Low, Kath Murray, Steph Nicol and Liz Mackay.

Jen and her three sisters are off to Tanzania in September to tackle the ascent of 19,341 feet – 5895 metres – to raise vital funds and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and the charity MND Scotland.

Leven’s famous links course is hosting a charity Open Pairs Better Ball golf event on Monday, May 4, featuring ladies’ gents’ and mixed teams.

Jen described it as: “An excellent opportunity to play a true links course, experience excellent hospitality and support a wonderful charity.”

She and her siblings – Liz Mackay, Kath Murray and Steph Nicol – decided they wanted to help the charity after the death from motor neurone disease in 2012 of their Aunt Ellie, aged 63.

She fought a brave battle against “the sheer torture” of the illness, said Jen, and lived for only 18 months after diagnosis.

“MND is truly terrifying,” she added. “There is no known cure or treatment.

“Gradually, it stops you from moving, speaking, eating and, eventually, breathing, and it doesn’t affect your intellect.

“You know exactly what is happening to you every step of the way. The end result is always fatal.”

The ladies were also inspired by their cousin Beccy, who, in 2013, cycled 2500 miles in 30 days around the country on behalf of MND Scotland and the MND Association.

Jen and her sisters are following a six-month training plan for their climb, involving lots of hillwalking.

“We need to find some challenging hills to climb which, in Scotland, shouldn’t be a problem,” she added.

They are also arranging a series of fundraising events, with Jen hoping to stage a race night in July.

Jen herself has gathered around £1700, while collectively, the ladies have raised over £7500 to date.

MND Scotland provides essential support for people affected by the condition.

It provides advice, information and care, lending essential equipment and respite care.

It is the only charity in Scotland which supports not only the sufferers but their family and friends.

Jen has also set up a Just Giving page – www.justgiving/Jen-Low – where people can donate or text JLMK50 £10 (or £1, £2, £3 or £5) to 70070.

Online booking is now available for golfing duos who want to take part in the Open Pairs Better Ball contest on May 4.

The entry fee includes coffee and a roll on arrival and a soup and sandwich lunch.

There will be on-course activities, a fine selection of prizes, a raffle and a silent auction.

Entries are required by April 17 and you can reserve a place online at www.brsgolf.com/levenlinks/opens_home.php

or contact Jen Low, secretary@leven-links.com on 01333 428859/421390.

There is also a broad range of sponsorship opportunities for local firms or individuals who may wish to support the event, and further details on these are also available from Jen at the same email and telephone numbers.