‘Mittens’ has been chosen as the name of the Carnan Post Office cat, through a competition that has raised £250 for Sgoil an Iochdair.
Last month, Lovats Supermarket – which contains the Post Office – decided to run a competition to find a name for their lifelike model moggy and raise funds for the local school. They asked children from Sgoil an Iochdair to come up with a name for the cat and produce an accompanying drawing.
“We have had lots of people thinking the cat was real and asking us for its name,” explained Donna Hogg.
“So we decided to run a competition with Sgoil an Iochdair to find a name for the cat and at the same time raise funds for the school.
“We opted for the ‘loose change’ voting system, where customers placed their change into one of four boxes [representing each finalist’s drawing] and the picture with the most amount of money at the end of the competition would be the winner.
“It’s been really well received and supported, with even customers from as far away as Barra calling in and asking to see the drawings so they could place their votes.”
Finalists were chosen from four age categories, with their drawing displayed in Lovats Supermarket (Carnan) for the public to vote for their favourite. Archie MacPhee (Sgoil Araich an Iochdair), Archie MacPherson (P1), Niall MacDonald (P4) and Charlie Stewart (P7) were the four finalists with ‘Badger’, ‘Scooby Doo’, ‘Chrisie’ and ‘Mittens’ respectively.
Voting with loose change closed yesterday evening (14th December 2015).
This morning, Donna, Bill and Dolly Hogg visited Sgoil an Iochdair, where all the competition entrants were gathered together to see the results of the vote revealed.
An electric money counter was brought along from Carnan Post Office and each box in turn was emptied and tallied, revealing ‘Mittens’, as chosen and drawn by Charlie Stewart (P7), as the winner.
Here are the votes as cast in loose change for each name/drawing:
‘Mittens’ by Charlie Stewart (P7) – £94.34
‘Scooby Doo’ by Archie MacPherson (P1) – £90.67
‘Chrisie’ by Niall MacDonald (P4) – £32.82
‘Badger’ by Archie MacPhee (Sgoil Araich an Iochdair) – £31.16
Total raised: £254.99
All money raised will go towards Sgoil an Iochdair school funds.
Royal Mail donated stationary for prizes as well as a special set of limited edition Star Wars themed postage stamps, which were presented to the winner. Vow Retail, which supplies Lovats Supermarkets, also donated stationary, which was distributed in prizes to all the children who took part.
Charlie Stewart’s winning drawing will be framed and displayed permanently behind the Post Office counter. All the entries will be kept in a folder, which will also be held at the Post Office for anyone who wishes to have a look.
Bill Hogg said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all the kids who took part and all our customers who very generously voted with their loose change.”