As you read this a container full of vital supplies is en route to Malawi thanks to the hard work of a team of volunteers from St Andrew’s Church.
On Thursday morning the team 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, football strips and boots, clothes, toiletries, books, toys, bikes and Christmas Gifts to be sent to the landlocked African state.
A spokesperson for St Andrew’s Church said: “We are grateful to the marines who gave of their time to help load the container so quickly.
“We would also like to thank RGS Forfar who provide us with storage facilities all year round as well as packing boxes and the use of their forklift amongst other things.
“Thanks too to the many people in and around Arbroath who have donated all the supplies with which the container is filled.
“A special mention must also go to Timmergreens, Ladyloan and Colliston Schools for the provision of surplus to requirement school furniture, equipment and teaching resources – all of which will make a huge difference at our centres.”
St Andrew’s Church fully funds two orphan centres in Southern Malawi which are run on their behalf by Aquaid Lifeline.
These centres feed, clothe, educate and provide medical care for around 300 children. St Andrews run a sponsored child project which for £10 a month links people with a child in one of their centres.
As well as the sponsorship programme St Andrews holds regular fund-raising events in order to support this vital work.
The next one is a Christmas Craft Fayre which will be held in the church hall on Saturday, November 29.
To donate supplies for the next container, help out, or find out more information about our sponsorship programme contact Sheila Dunphy on 07752467654 or the church office on 01241 431135.