A new, but familiar face, has set up residence at Carnoustie Golf Links in the hopes of raising money as part of the Tayside wide charity trail.
Oor Wullie - the well known Scottish rascal from Auchenshoogle - will be at his new home for 10 weeks, before being auctioned off.
The trail of Oor Wullie statues, dubbed The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail of 2016, is aiming to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.
The Carnoustie Oor Wullie, sponsored by the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC), was given a bespoke golfing design by Peter Davidson, earning the statue the nickname ‘Oor Golfer.’
A spokesperson for CGLMC said: “This event hopes to raise £2 million to fund a state of the art children’s operating theatre at Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells. The campaign is the idea of the Archie Foundation and the Wild in Art group, supported by The Evening Telegraph and other DC Thomson titles.
“Each of the Oor Wullies has been sponsored with the company’s name on an attached plaque. Carnoustie Golf Links Management is very proud to be one of the sponsors for this worthwhile project and hope that Oor Golfer will become a tourist attraction for Bucket Trail fans as well as providing photo/selfie opportunities for local and visiting golfers.”
The full trail officially opened on Monday, June 27. At the end of the trail, in September, all the sculptures will be sold at an auction in Dundee, with all proceeds going to The ARCHIE Foundation’s appeal to raise funds to create a brand new twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite for the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells.
Cassie Thompson, head of fundraising for The ARCHIE Foundation, commented: “The support from the businesses and community organisations who have sponsored sculptures, to the local schools who have embraced the project decorating their own miniature Oor Wullie sculptures has been amazing.”
To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com