GLASGOW—June 13, 2011
We have joined forces with Europe’s biggest secondary school to provide equipment for pupils undertaking an aid mission to Malawi.
We are donating hard hats, high visibility vests, gloves and boots for schoolchildren from Holyrood Secondary School heading to Malawi in June.
The Crosshill establishment is Europe’s largest state-funded comprehensive and has been the star of a recent BBC documentary show called High School as it follows the lives of pupils and staff of the comprehensive.
The BBC show has already featured retiring headmaster Tom McDonald leading a trip to Malawi where, over the last four years, dozens of pupils have built 25 classrooms for deprived kids. This year the S5 and S6 pupils will be constructing much-needed classrooms for the Malawian children.
We have already forged our own strong links with Malawi and engaged in important community projects. Back in 2010, in conjunction with the Lord Provost Malawi fund, we helped in the construction of a prosthetics and orthotics clinic.
In 2008, an eight-man team travelled to Malawi for the second year running in order to build a much needed prosthetics clinic. The team completed an AIDS clinic the previous year.
Cllr Paul Carey, chair said: “We are delighted to be helping Glasgow secondary schoolchildren take part in what for many will be a life-changing experience.
“Our Apprentice Community Projects scheme enables many of our 450 young apprentices to use their skills in painting, joinery and roofing to play a proactive part in improving the lives of their local communities by offering services in kind to local schools and community facilities.
“So we’re glad to be playing a part in helping Holyrood students do something similar, but this time in Malawi.”
John Duffy, who has just retired from Holyrood School as their business manager, said: “We are very grateful for the invaluable help we have received from City Building for our Malawi project. The trip to Malawi broadens the horizons of young people. I’m especially delighted that this year my own daughter Claire will get to see for herself what it’s all about.”
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