Groups raise cash for Kenya

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Soroptimists of Dundee held a soup and sandwich lunch hosted by president Sheila McLuckie to raise funds for projects in Meru, Kenya.

The money raised through the event in her Broughty Ferry home will go towards the building of new classrooms at Limbene Primary School in a rural area of Kenya.

Soroptimist International has joined a partnership of St Stephen’s and West Church, Grove Academy, St Mary’s Primary School, Lochee; St Brides Church, Monifieth; and the Moira Stewart Bursary Charitable Trust which have jointly raised over £12,000 over the last five years.

The efforts of local people have raised this money to build a kindergarten at St Stephen’s Church in Meru and have paid for new classrooms and the refurbishment of a Methodist primary school.

All these groups support the Soroptimist theme that education empowers and enables and by working together with Soroptimist Clubs in Meru and Eldoret will increase international goodwill and understanding.

Mrs McLuckie told the Guide & Gazette: “In 2008, after accompanying Marjorie Kerr, principal teacher of geography at Grove Academy, who established the link with Meru High School in Kenya, I established a link with St Stephens and West Church, Broughty Ferry, and their counterparts in Meru.

“This resulted in fund-raising for a kindergarten. Since then it has been like throwing a stone in water and watching the ripples reach other groups of people who are now keen to support Limbene.”

She went on: “There have been regular exchange visits between Meru and Grove Academy. There is also a Friendship link between Soroptimist Clubs in Meru, Eldoret and Dundee. The retired Grove rector, John Hunter, has also addressed Abertay Rotary about the Meru link.”

Anyone who feels they can help in any way with a one-off fundraiser to help Limbene Primary School can contact Mrs McLuckie on semcluckie@blueyonder.co.uk.

She concluded: “I would be delighted to hear from you.”