A GROUP of volunteers from Galloway are gearing up for a fortnight of hard work in Kenya in October where they will offer support to a struggling community.
The team, headed up by Ferrytoon manager Eddie McGaw, were so touched by Eddie’s efforts last year when he undertook a similar task as part of the Celtic Charity Fund, but this year they will go it alone without the assistance of an organisation.
Eddie said: “I was so touched by what I saw last year in Nakuru - these people had nothing but they didn’t complain. In comparison to our lives here, we’re millionaires. So I couldn’t ignore the opportunity to go back and help again this year and when I asked around, there were others keen to join me so we decided to go it alone.”
Joining Creetown’s Eddie will be Sandi McKinnon, Jamie McFadzean and Jimmy Gibson who have all been busy fundraising for their trip - which requires £1600 per person.
Sandi, who works at Whitecairn Caravan Park, Glenluce, said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Eddie and the team on this trip. I have been making quilts which are being raffled locally as well as bags and cushions for sale. I am so grateful for the support kidly given so far, especially to my workplace and to Sally Adam of the local Cats Protection.”
Newton Stewart’s Wigtown Road Service Station employee Jamie has been supported heavily by his poker-playing friends who have even climbed Ben Nevis to raise funds.
And Whithorn dairyman Jimmy Gibson is also collecting donations to help him on his way. He said: “This will be a unique experience and a chance to put something back into a world from which we are usually taking.
It’s just two weeks out of my life to help those a lot less fortunate than myself.”
The group are also collecting clothing to take for the kids, specifically for ages four to 12 and also old glasses you may have lying around - any prescription. These as well as bubbles, stationery and toys are cherished by the people of Nakuru. You can drop off any such donations or cash to Eddie at McConechy’s Tyres in Minnigaff or at The Galloway Gazette office on Victoria Street, newton Stewart.
There are still two places available on the trip for those interested. Call Eddie on 07967 267850, or for more information and to donate.
Fundraising events will be held throughout the summer including a clairvoyant evening this Friday (8 June) in Creetown. Contact Eddie for tickets.