Cycling the Bucket Trail

Dundee Comics Creative Space coordinator Damon Herd is cycling the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail to help raise money for the ARCHIE Foundation, the charity behind the sculptures.

On Tuesday 19th July DCCS coordinator Damon Herd will be cycling the whole Oor Wullie Bucket Trail around Dundee. DCCS were one of the many schools and educational establishments to take part in the trail by designing one of the wee Wullie sculptures. We held a competition amongst our Comics Club attendees, and then let them chose the final design. The winner was Cole Lawson, who designed ‘Oor Elvis’. The sculpture was then painted by Damon and is on display in Central Library over the duration of the trail – although sometimes he takes a trip on the mobile library!

oor elvis strip

Damon thought up the cycle as a great way to help promote the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail and raise money for the ARCHIE Foundation. Although the public already appear to have taken the trail to heart, as can be seen by all the folks wandering around Dundee with Bucket Trail maps! He will be setting off from ‘Oor Golfer’ at Carnoustie Golf Links around 9.20am on Tuesday 19th July and will cycle to all sculptures taking #oorselfies, with a plan to finish at the ‘Dr Manhattan’ sculpture (designed by comics artist, and patron of DCCS, Dave Gibbons and based on a character from Watchmen, the book he created with Alan Moore) at Dundee University on Perth Road around 4-5 hours later.

The intention of the trail, and the later auction of the sculptures, is to raise money for the ARCHIE Foundation, which is the official charity of Tayside Children’s Hospital in Dundee. The charity also supports some other children’s hospitals in Scotland and has a long history of making big differences for local children. Everything raised in and for Tayside will stay in Tayside – so you know your donations will help sick children from your local community! More information is available on the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail website.

Damon hopes to help raise awareness for the charity as well as add to the money raised through sponsorship. If you would like to help raise money for the Tayside Children’s Hospital then there are a couple of ways to sponsor Damon on his cycle. You can donate online through the ARCHIE Foundation JustGiving page or through the donation text service. Text TCHA15 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 to The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal. £5 can be changed to whatever you wish to donate.

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Oor Elvis

Elvis has left the building – we’ve sent our finished mini Oor Wullie sculpture out into the world as part of the Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail. He will be appearing in Central Library but might be going on tour as well. We held a competition with our younger group of Comics Clubbers (aged 10-13), and then they voted for the one they liked the best. The winner was Cole Lawson with his Elvis Presley design. Well done Cole! Oor Elvis looks just braw!