Big thanks to all who helped with ‘container of hope’

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A container of life-saving equipment gathered in Arbroath set off on its epic journey last week to help an impoverished African state.

On Wednesday afternoon volunteers from St Andrew’s Church with the help of Royal Marines from RM Condor loaded up a 40 foot shipping container with a host of supplies, including educational and medical supplies, to be sent to the Namisu Orphan Village in Malawi.

A number of volunteers have travelled to Namisu to help and events such as ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ nights, murder mysteries, quizzes and talent shows have helped them finance two day care centres and run a child sponsorship programme.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Obviously the transport costs of sending the container are high so the group have secured funds from Gilles Bocabarteille and Antony Kandylidis (Ocean Rig Ltd and Cardiff Dry Ships Ltd), the Gannochy Trust and the Souter Foundation.

“We are also grateful to RGS Forfar and Angus Council for their storage facilities, Finesse Control Systems Ltd and RS Joinery Ltd, Arbroath, for the use of their vans and Forfar Removals for providing the many packaging boxes. Also to the 10 Marines that helped with filling the container.

“Thanks also to all who provided items to send out to Malawi, the individuals, schools, sports clubs, etc. Should anyone wish to be involved through the child sponsorship programme or find out more about the group please call Sheila Dunphy 01241 873218 or the church office 01241 431135.”