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Motion ref. S6M-06863

Orkney RFC and Caithness RFC Inaugural Come Ashore Cup Raises £18,000

Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Friday, November 18, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Sharon Dowey, Annabelle Ewing, Pam Gosal, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Emma Roddick, Douglas Ross, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance

That the Parliament commends Orkney RFC and Caithness RFC for fundraising over £18,000 for two local charities as part of the inaugural "Come Ashore" Cup in memory of Alexander Mill; understands that the over-35s Orkney Vikings and Caithness Evergreens, with support from the Caithness XV, went head-to-head in Thurso on 22 October 2022 in a veterans' game celebrating the life of Alexander Mill, the former Caithness player who died suddenly on his farm in April 2021, and underscoring the importance of mental wellbeing; congratulates the Caithness side, which came out on top against their far north rivals with a final score of 20-5, securing the trophy in the form of a traditional Orkney bridal cog on an engraved Caithness stone base; notes that the cog was presented by Alexander's wife, Norma, to Evergreen's captain, Will Mill, and was followed by a speech from Caithness RFC vice-president, Russell Mill, on the club's message that it's "OK not to be OK"; recognises that the match was attended by more than 600 people and was followed by a grand charity auction for the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the John O'Groats Development Trust Playpark Project, which raised an outstanding £12,500; pays tribute to the efforts of all at Caithness RFC in organising what it sees as the pioneering mental wellbeing initiative; believes that the Come Ashore Cup is a fitting legacy to Alexander Mill and will help encourage more men to discuss their mental health, as well as strengthen ties between the two clubs; thanks Scottish Rugby for its support of the inaugural match, and wishes both Caithness RFC and Orkney FRC all the very best for the future.