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Posted in Info on March 15, 2009 by obanmrt

SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN RESCUE VICTIM TAKES ON 23 PEAK CHALLENGE TO RAISE FUNDS

Following a near fatal mountain accident, 44 year old survivor, Michael Tunney is back to peak fitness after almost three years of operations and physiotherapy.  In three weeks time (19th June) he faces the challenge of a lifetime to thank those who saved his life: Oban and Arrochar Mountain Rescue Teams and the Northern Police Treatment Centre in Auchterarder by raising £30,000 – equating to a pound a foot of his 30,000ft ascent.

He aims to complete the route known as the Scottish 4,000ers which covers the nine 4,000 ft mountains in Scotland. However Michael’s route will be a 3 stage – 103 mile trek adding 14 Munros which happen to be in the way!

From Aviemore to Fort William, he will be on foot or pedal power, wild camping or staying in remote bothies. His total ascent of 30,000ft will exceed the height of Mount Everest or almost twice the height of Kilimanjaro. Originally, Michael wanted to complete the route in 9 consecutive days, however medical advice has caused him to change his plans. He had been experiencing pain and discomfort in his hip and his consultant expressed misgivings about the stress that the 9-day trek would cause. So a compromise was reached and Michael aims to complete the route in 3 stages, finishing in Fort William on Saturday the 11th of July. . Continue reading

The raffle, an update and so on!!

Posted in Day to Day on February 12, 2010 by mtunney

Hello again……almost forgot how to post on the blog : )  Finally managed to get the raffle drawn (about time, I hear you!!) at New Year in a very cold Perth and I can only apologise profusely for the delay. Getting folk together was the least of the trouble…..illness, computer-lethargy, hip pain, referred pain and a great deal of it, subsequently no sleep, then being pumped full of morphine which didn’t fully relieve the pain…..so a general ‘not really interested in anything’ end to 2009!! But we got the draw done, which was the main thing. A mixture of prizewinners from around the UK which was perfect and some winners whose prize really suited the moment for them…..a guy from Faslane Naval Base won the Ski bag and Ski boots bag donated by Craigdon Sports in Perth…he had just taken up skiing, literally : )  Managed to get one of the bosses at work a prize too!!

I’ve contacted most of the winners and left repeated messaged when I haven’t. They are getting till to contacxt me the end of Feb and the prizes will be re-raffled. There have been some touching moments when I’ve been contacting folk. The winner of the Iain Roy print, a Scotsman living in Yorkshire, was the only one to offer to pay for the postage!!  A cop from Northern Ireland and Lesley Walker from the Walk Highlands website both re-donated their prizes to make more money…..Fabulous!!!  The best moments though have been ringing a prizewinner and hearing that this was the first time winning anything : ) Worthwhile!!

Over the next couple of days, I’ll be posting the winners etc on the blog and some photos too!! Oh and feeling fab as well…..had the hip replacement mid-January : ) Feels fantastic and to be pain-free, getting a full nights sleep and NO morphine……no feeling like it!!

What a Result!!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2009 by mtunney

A fantastic day on Saturday…..£800 of raffle tickets sold at The Green Welly Stop and another £500 at the Clachaig!! :):) Thanks to Fiona Robertson at the GW and Isi and Jack at The Clachaig and yes, we’ll take you up on your offer and be back very soon!!!!  Thanks also to Rachel, Ian, Kenny Paul and Scott…great effort. Not forgetting the lovely Jen….our ‘SARDA’ dog for the day!!!

The Green Welly and The Clachaig Inn

Posted in Day to Day on September 11, 2009 by mtunney

Heading there on Saturday with Oban MRT selling raffle tickets. Fiona at The Green Welly and Izi at The Clachaig were kind enough to get in touch. A Land Rover will be outside, so if you’re passing or staying in the inn, say hi!! Oh and buy some tickets:)

Raffle Tickets

Posted in Day to Day on September 11, 2009 by mtunney

Just to update everyone…..I’ve extended the draw date and halved the cost of a ticket. The new draw date is 31st October 2009 and each ticket now costs £1. I’d contacted Glasgow City Council and it’s legal as long as I take reasonable steps to inform folk that have bought tickets. What will happen now is that myself and th2 appointed trustees will double-up each ticket stub. That means that everyone who has bought a ticket for £2 will get 2 chances.

The feedback supports this. Although the ideal behind £2 per ticket seemed reasonable at the time, folk are buying 2 tickets instead of a book. So for an extra £1, they get 5 chances instead of 2!! And as one of the guys at work pointed out, I’m not trying to re-coup cash for the prizes, they were donated free. In hindsight, the tickets should’ve been £1, but I’ve never done this before…….so I hope you will understand :)

TV star…….not!!!

Posted in Day to Day on September 9, 2009 by mtunney

Back after some time out!!! The appearance on The Hour went really well……although the train journey from Perth was very nerve-racking.  By the time I was in make-up :) I’d calmed down somewhat and was really looking forward to the show. Stephen Jardine was fabulous, really calming and kept me focused on the interview and not what was going on around me. Jenni was great too, very friendly and yes, she is gorgeopus in real life!! I thought Michael and Kenny did brilliantly and I hope it provided some good publicity for the Mountain Rescue Teams as a whole.  http://programmes.stv.tv/the-hour/video-extras/entertainment-thehour-20090817-mountain-rescue/

Do I really sound like that :)

TV Appearence

Posted in Day to Day on August 15, 2009 by mtunney

STV have been in touch and want me to appear on The Hour which is a lifestyle show and is broadcast Monday to Friday at 5pm!!! Very short notice, I’m going to be on Monday the 17th of August and will be joined by my son, Michael and Kenny Harris from Oban Mountain Rescue. I’ve a feeling that I’m going to be very nervous, but with the guest presenter being Jenni Falconer, I’m sure I’ll be in good hands!!!

Wolfstone at Pitlochry

Posted in Day to Day on July 23, 2009 by mtunney

This coming Sunday, I have the good fortune of being invited to see my favourite band, Wolfstone , at their ‘Homecoming’ gig in the Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. I’ve been a big fan for years and was delighted when they replied to a ‘Fundraising’ email. Since then, they’ve followed my progress on the blog and have sent many encouraging messages of support. They also put a message of support on their website!!  http://www.wolfstone.co.uk/news.php#25

Having just returned from Spain and being a very busy band, they were very quick to get in touch and congratulate me on finishing the ‘Challenge’. It’s going to be a great night!! The guys have even cleared it with the theatre that I can sell raffle tickets alongside their CD’s!!!!! I’m really looking forward to meet the band and say thanks in person…..

Have a look and listen ….. http://www.wolfstone.co.uk/videoclips.htm

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