Clyde Valley Group make a meal of fundraising venture

Clyde Valley Group's Lynne McManus and chairman Campbell Boyd present the �7,000 cheque to Mary's Meals representative Barbara Diamond (centre).
Clyde Valley Group's Lynne McManus and chairman Campbell Boyd present the �7,000 cheque to Mary's Meals representative Barbara Diamond (centre).
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A MOTHERWELL company has ensured children at a school in Africa will be able to have a good meal whilst enjoying their education.

Over the last year, staff at the Clyde Valley Group have been fundraising for their chosen charity, Mary’s Meals, with the aim of amassing the £7,000 needed to build a school kitchen.

The Scott Street workers reached their goal and the kitchen is now being constructed at Sawali Primary School in the southern district of Balaka in Malawi.

The 634 children enrolled in the school are being fed currently from a temporary shelter, but will benefit enormously from the permanent kitchen.

It will comprise of a cooking area and two storage areas, one for firewood and the other for supplies, and will have the added function of being able to be used as a classroom.

To raise the money CVG staff members participated in numerous activities.

Apart from Christmas card donations and raffles, most of the endeavours tied in with the Healthy Working Lives award achieved by the company.

Events included a family (and dogs!) health walk round Strathclyde Park, the Clyde Valley Golf Cup and the Glasgow 10k run, the latter alone raising almost £3,000.

CVG staff are currently deliberating on a name for the project.

When it is complete the name will be put on a plaque on the school’s new kitchen wall and photographed, with the school children, and sent to all the Clyde Valley staff to let everyone see the children enjoying the benefits of their efforts.

CVG chairman Campbell Boyd said: “We are really pleased to be able to support Mary’s Meals and to see the great impact of our donation.

“Without the commitment and generosity from our stakeholders, this would not have been possible and I would like to thank them for their contributions”.

Hanna Eklof, sponsor a school administrator for Mary’s Meals, added: “We would like to extend a warm thank you to the Clyde Valley Group for its fantastic donation on behalf of everyone at Mary’s Meals and especially from all the children at Sawali Primary School for helping us build their kitchen shelter.”