The Marine Ambulance, which will serve the people around northern Lake Malawi, came off the stocks and was launched on Saturday, 25th April. There to witness the event with John Watt of Macduff Shipyards were Young Soko of Livingstonia Primary Health Care and Lovemore Mkandawire, the engineer who will be responsible for the running of the boat when it reaches Malawi. The boat will be named and commissioned at a service to be held at Macduff on Saturday, 2nd May at 3pm and who all would like to attend will be welcome. The name chosen for the boat by the Synod of Livingstonia is “Good Hope”. Thanks to Ena Macnab and Eunice for the photographs.
The commissioning service for the new ambulance boat will be held on Saturday, 2nd May at 3pm. All are welcome to attend. Lovemore Mkandawire, the engineer who will be looking after the boat when it reaches Malawi , and Young Soko will be at the service and Lovemore will be working on familiarising himself with the boat during its sea trials.
The new male ward toilet and shower block at the David Gordon Memorial Hospital in Livingstonia, funded by Rotary, was completed with the tiling of the floor, painting and plumbing work. The water system is now working. Hot water will be provided by a direct solar heating system.
The bench saw at the Ekwendeni Lay Training Centre got a lew lease of life lately when new drive belts and blade, provided by Ian Dickson from Irvine, were fitted to it. The bench saw came originally from Dunoon and has given good service for over two years. Thanks to the new parts, it is now working like new.
During his recent visit to Malawi John Challis took the opportunity to hand over a cheque for £520 from Lochgoilhead Church to Mrs Soko of Livingstonia Primary Health Care. The money will be used to buy mosquito nets for those too poor to buy them for themselves but who do not fall under any of the government schemes.