On Wednesday 17 February, the Raven Trust sent out container number 100! This represents a massive 120,000 boxes of all different shapes and sizes. And at today’s value, this has cost a whopping £1.2m. If the containers were parked end to end, they would stretch for almost a mile! And if the boxes were lined up, they would reach from Strachur to Glasgow! The amazing thing is that every single box and every single penny of this has been donated by the general public.
On behalf of the people of Northern Malawi, who are among the poorest people in the world, grateful thanks are due to each and every person who has been part of this effort.
But it is not just the people who have donated goods and money. Thanks are also due to the very many people who have contributed time. Tasks include receiving boxes, sorting and repacking where necessary, labelling, packing the containers, catering for the packing days, driving vans to collect items, processing the lists, preparing the paperwork for international freight and so much more. It is impossible to count the number of different people who have had a hand in making all this possible; but it is certainly many hundreds. Grateful thanks to each of these.
Container number 100 is a landmark occasion. It is also the last container to be sent out from Strachur. But it not the end of the work of the Raven Trust. A depot has been opened in Dundee which means that this work can continue unabated
On Wednesday 17th February 2016 the Raven Trust’s 100th container loaded at Strachur. Although cold, the weather was dry apart from one heavy hail storm. The contents of the container included a dental x-ray unit, a communion table for a new church in Mzuzu, educational books and resources, medical supplies, knitted clothing for babies and young children, agricultural/horticultural equipment and tools and toys.
This is the last container which will be loaded at Strachur – in future containers will leave from our store at Dundee. We would like to express our gratitude to all our many volunteers who have helped load containers over the years, to our drivers from Fraser Haulage and A & D Logistics and to MSC – the shipping company which has delivered all our containers safely to Malawi.
On Wednesday, 17th February container FCL 100 will be loaded in Strachur. This will be the last container to be loaded there – in future containers will normally be loaded in Dundee.
The address of the Dundee store is :- 11 Peddie Street, Dundee, DD1 5LB and it is open on Saturday mornings from 10 am until 12 noon unless by special arrangement (01382 351812)
All boxes sent by post or carrier should be sent to :- The Raven Trust, c/o Alan Laverock, 4 Whitefauld Road, Dundee, DD2 1RP until further notice (07786 541701). Please do not request that boxes be signed for at time of receipt.
Please note that all boxes should be strong, tightly packed and securely sealed with the recipient’s name, address, contact details and a brief description of the box contents on the outside of the box.
Please do not put instructions for delivery or cheques for the Raven Trust inside the box. Cheques should be sent to the Raven Trust at Bay Villa Strachur as usual.
If sending sewing machines or anything similar, please make sure that they are in working order – those which are not will not be sent!