Sunday, May 19, 2019
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Minginish Community Hall Festive Fair brought together an extravaganza of local talents, businesses and community enterprises today (Saturday 26 November).  One of those community enterprises included the Skye Toilet Twinning stall, which helped to raise awareness of the project to make Skye an official Toilet Twinned Island. 

Nick Duffill and Jessie Donaldson ran the book stall and were on hand to explain how the toilet twinning process works.  

The project originated when Nick came across Tearfund's Toilet Twinning project in a charity newsletter and thought about the possibility of twinning the Minginish Community Hall Toilets.  Jessie Donaldson, who recently received her BME for voluntary services to the community, sold books for the majority of the summer to help support the initial twinning.  

As well as providing safe and sanitary toilets, Tearfund also aims to get the community working together to build the new toilet themselves.  

After successfully twinning the toilets in Minginish Community Hall with a toilet block in Africa, Tearfund asked if the Isle of Skye could become an official Toilet Twinned island.  

Efforts are now underway to twin 20 toilets, which will each receive a certificate identifying them as twinned.  

Around 20 stall-holders attended the Fair, displaying cosy knitwear, handmade jewellery, photographs and homemade baking.  

In the week preceding the Fair, Jenny Duffill baked a mouth-watering selection of cakes and loaves.  

Michelle Seviour of Indigo Berry displayed her handmade jewellery in a beautifully arranged festive stall.  

The Fair combined local talent with a very worthwhile charity - one that aims to pull the chain on unhygienic toilets.  Nick says: "We have a Facebook page, and people can also go to the Toilet Twinning website direct and use the code SKYE-TTI.  We will also be creating a website dedicated to the Skye Toilet Twinning project."  To take part as an individual or as an organisation, you can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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