A WELL-KNOWN local face is heading off to Kenya to lend a hand in a small community for 10 days.
Creetown’s Eddie McGaw, manager of McConechy’s Tyres in Minnigaff, is putting his life-long love of The Hoops to good use and joining the Celtic Charity Fund in their KenyanAdventure 2011.
For the duration of his visit, Eddie, along with 22 others, will help children in the community by teaching in schools, coaching football, community work and various other sporting activities.
Eddie, who also runs the Creetown and District Celtic Supporters’ Club, has already smashed through his target of just over £2,000 by raising more than £2,600 and has been inundated with donations.
He said: “I can’t thank folk enough, family, friends and customers have just been bringing cash and items in for me to take and it’s been overwhelming. It’s great, huge thanks go to them all.”
Eddie has plenty cash now but will gratefully accept more and is now also collecting everyday items such as pencils and pots of bubbles to take with him.
He said: “I’m told the kids go crazy for blowing bubbles so I’d like to take as many of those wee pots over and pens and pencils too, if anyone has spares they’d be cherished by those kids in Kenya.”
If you can help out, you can drop off any items to Eddie at McConechy’s, Holmpark Industrial Estate or call him on 01671 402148.
Eddie added: “There’ll be plenty room to carry it all over. Apart from some football strips, I’ve only got my shorts and t-shirts so the more I can take for the kids, the better.”