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.
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