A local Boys Brigade group has managed to raise more than £61,000 in less than a year to help restore classrooms in Malawi.
The 25th Stirling Boys Brigade in Dunblane will use the money to repair classrooms at two schools in the community of Likhubula, located in the southern region of Malawi.
The group has taken part in a number of fundraising drives since last June, including sponsored whisky tasting evenings, beetle drives and designing Lego minifigures dressed in BB uniform which they then sold around the world, raising £2,000.
“The highlight of that project was when we received an order from a company in Hong Kong for 500 Lego minifigures. We couldn’t believe it,” group leader Colin Anderson explained.
“I have worked with numerous high profile teams in the corporate environment for many years but I have never come across this level of engagement, commitment and hard work before. It has been truly inspirational”.
The group were also giving a helping hand from Dunblane’s most famous family.
Mr Anderson said: “We were very grateful to the Murray family who gave us enough Andy Murray and Davis Cup goodies to run an Andy Murray raffle. His Granny and Grandad came down to our Burns Supper to draw the winners. The whole town has really got behind us”
The money that Dunblane BB Project Malawi has raised to date will now ensure a minimum of eighteen classrooms will be renovated - almost half of Classrooms for Malawi’s annual target for 2016.
Many of these classrooms are in such a bad state that they are not being used and the children are learning outside under the shade of a tree. The money raised will be able to correct structural damage to walls, roofs, floors and doorframes.
They will also re-skim of floors and plaster on walls so that the children aren’t sitting on rubble
This will mean a minimum of 2000 pupils will benefit every day for many years to come at these two schools in the Likhubula area.
In June. 16 boys from the Boys’ Brigade, one Girls’ Brigade member and six adults will travel out to Malawi to finish off the work of the Classrooms for Malawi’s local teams.
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