Many of you may know Orla, Islay Book Festival’s youngest volunteer whose principal role is to charm the authors! Orla is a very cute three-year-old, and she also happens to have Down’s Syndrome.
At this year’s festival, Orla worked her magic again and managed to schmooze Ian Rankin into signing a couple of whisky bottles for our raffle (not that she drinks them herself!). The winner of the raffle prize has kindly offered to auction it off as a charity bottle in aid of Down’s Syndrome Association, and you can find it listed at Royal Mile Whisky Auctions, one of Edinburgh’s online auction sites.
The whisky itself – a 12-year-old Caol Ila – is an Islay locals’ favourite, and Ian Rankin’s signature makes this bottle very unique and must surely give it wide appeal to his legion of fans across the globe!
Please do consider placing a bid. It’s for a very good cause, one that is close to our hearts at Islay Book Festival, and it would surely be an excellent Christmas present for someone special! Better get your bids in soon though – there are only 3 days left to go on the auction!
Place your bids here (Lot 1589): https://tinyurl.com/uwuke6z
The full hammer price, as well as the buyer’s commission, will be donated to the charity.
To find out more about Down’s Syndrome Association and the work that they do to support people with Down’s Syndrome and their families, visit their website: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk. They celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2020.