Liam delighted with trip

Liam Boath of Monifieth Boy's Brigade on a trip to Malawi
Liam Boath of Monifieth Boy's Brigade on a trip to Malawi

A former pupil of Monifieth High has just returned from Malawi where he was spreading the word of the work of the Boys’ Brigade.

Liam Boath, who is an officer in the 1st Monifieth Boys’ Brigade travelled to the Africa nation to survey sites, where a water pump paid for by money raised from the organisation would be most beneficial.

He also acted as an ambassador of the Brigade in the hope that they town of Blantyre, where he visited, would start up their own group.

Liam travelled to Malawi with fellow volunteer John Armour from Bishopbriggs in a journey that took a total of 30 hours and included three connecting flights in London and Addis Ababa.

But Liam is proud of the work they carried out.

He said: “We achieved so much being across there. We strengthened the links between Malawi and Scotland, whilst providing training for over 100 people who will then take that training and hopefully start the Boys’ Brigade in Malawi.

“Personally we got to have a real appreciation for what is important in life as over there they have very little but are all so happy and welcoming and share everything they have. It was a culture shock, but in a really, really good way.

“If we have started even one company out there by this time next year we will be happy and will have really achieved something, but of course this is an ongoing process which we are still part of helping, even now we are back.”

Liam was able to participate in the trip thanks to funding from the World Mission fund, the Church of Scotland and Boys’ Brigade Scotland.