Church and Commandos join forces to help Malawi

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An Arbroath church last week sent off a container full of humanitarian aid to help a poverty-stricken African state.

Last week the St Andrew’s Church Malawi Group, with the help of volunteers from Zulu Company, 45 Commando, dispatched a 40-foot shipping container stuffed full of supplies.

The Malawi Group had collected clothes, gifts for their sponsored child programme, Christmas gifts, school chairs for children with disabilities, bikes, toys, medical equipment and bedding, and was loaded up at RGS Forfar Ltd’s premises. Sheila Dunphy, Malawi Group coordinator, said: “We would like to thank everyone who donated items and also the Marines who helped us to load it all up. If any local companies would be interested in donating towards the cost of sending a container out to Malawi each year please get in touch.”

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LanceCorporal Ross Moran, one of six volunteers from Zulu Company, said: “It is always a great opportunity for members of 45 Commando to get involved in events like this and support our local community who look after us so well. We helped load the humanitarian aid into the container which is bound for Malawi. Assisting in schemes like these is always fulfilling knowing that we are helping individuals less well-off than ourselves. Other members of Zulu Company, 45 Commando have also recently been providing humanitarian and disaster relief in Dominica in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika.”