Brief appeal for Malawi schoolgirls

urgent appeal: Councillor Logue and Provost Robertson with NLL's Stacey McFarlane and Claire Kirk.

urgent appeal: Councillor Logue and Provost Robertson with NLL's Stacey McFarlane and Claire Kirk.

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Times & Speaker readers are being urged to donate underpants to the North Lanarkshire’s Aiming Higher in Malawi project.

Organisers have made the urgent appeal to allow girls to attend school in the African country.

Jacqueline Bradley has visited Malawi on two previous occasions and has helped to organise the latest appeal.

She explained: “Fresh clean pants aren’t widely available in Malawi, which means many girls can’t go to school during menstruation – but people can help, by donating new pants.

“It’s not much to us, but this small gesture can make a big difference to a girl’s life chances and help girls in Malawi to go to school for a whole month and get the full education they deserve.”

The North Lanarkshire’s Aiming Higher in Malawi project aims to help transform the health and education of girls and disabled children in the poverty-stricken third world country.

Those who wish to donate can drop off pants at any North Lanarkshire venue, including Aquatec, Birkenshaw Sports Hall, Keir Hardie, Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility and the Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex.

Donations will be accepted at receptions until the end of this month.

The local donations will be taken to Malawi and distributed among the girls when Councillor Jim Logue and Provost Jim Robertson pay a visit next month as part of an Aiming Higher in Malawi delegation from North Lanarkshire.

Councillor Logue said: “We are proud to support this initiative, which will make a big difference to the lives of girls in Malawi.

“It’s also a great way to involve members of the public in such a worthwhile cause.”