Noreen Davies Hikers & Bikers recently held its annual charity day to Millport and before they left made a special presentation.
James Kelly and Daniel Canning of Motherwell-based charity Classrooms for Malawi (CfM)popped down to see them off and received a cheque for £16,124.
Noreen Davies Hikers & Bikers is in partnership with CfM to build three classrooms and a Mary’s Meal kitchen at Kachere Infant School (John Bande School) in Blantyre after the school buildings and grounds were damaged when a new highway was constructed nearby.
The school is community-based, meaning the teachers are currently paid by parents, with pupils being taught in a makeshift classroom covered in tarpaulin, or simply outside, next to a dangerous drop.
After negotiations with the local community, chiefs and the area’s MP, it was decided to move the school to a safer location which was freely donated by the local community
Once the work is complete the school will also receive local government support including teachers paid for by the government.
Claire Peattie, of Noreen Davies Hikers & Bikers, said: “Last September we discovered that the school next to, and fed by, our Mary’s Meals Kitchen has been severely damaged during the excavation for a new motorway.
“The building has been left in a highly dangerous state with a 12 foot drop to this new motorway below.
“Therefore, after getting feedback from CfM about the situation and potential solutions, we held a bus conveners meeting to discuss a proposal to include CfM in our charities this year, along with other fundraising events towards the school project.”
The theme of this year’s trip to Millport was ‘Circus’ and a fantastic day was had by all.