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.
Iain MacPhillimy, Trustee of the Raven Trust, loads the last box into the container which was packed at Strachur on Thursday 19th February.The box was one of 1134 sent off in this consignment and included 119 boxes of bedding and household supplies,
133 of hospital equipment and supplies,
266 of educational materials,
320 of used clothing and shoes
48 of toys and sports equipment
29 of tools
90 sewing and knitting machines and craft supplies
and 12 bicycles.
Within a few minutes the container set off on the first leg of its journey to Malawi
The commissioning service for the new ambulance boat will now be held on Saturday, 2nd May at 3pm. All are welcome to attend. Tourist accommodation in Macduff is limited, so if you would like to attend but would prefer to stay overnight, we suggest that you contact the Tourist Information Centre in Banff (tel. – 01261 812 419) to book accommodation.
Lovemore, the engineer who will be looking after the boat when it reaches Malawi and is put into service, will be arriving in Scotland near the end of April to attend the sea trials and familiarise himself with the vessel.
After the commissioning service, the boat will be loaded into a container during the week commencing 4th May to begin its journey to Lake Malawi.
It may seem strange that the Raven Trust sends quantities of blankets and woollen clothes to such a hot country as Malawi. However, many of the children we work with live in the mountainous region, high above sea level where it can get very cold, especially at night.
Because of the high rate of death among infants, babies are sometimes not particularly well looked after until they are considered “viable”. Not only do these clothes and blankets keep them warm, but also, the fact that the baby has been given a special gift can increase its chance of good care.
Donation of knitted and crocheted goods for children are always needed.