Rotarians’ mercy mission to Zambia

Stuart McGlynn and Archie Leiper from Carnoustie Rotary who are involved in the Zambia project pictured at their meeting in the Station Hotel on Wednesday evening.
Stuart McGlynn and Archie Leiper from Carnoustie Rotary who are involved in the Zambia project pictured at their meeting in the Station Hotel on Wednesday evening.

CARNOUSTIE Rotarians are going that extra mile with their humanitarian mission this year.

The group is in the process of raising money to send a container load of medical equipment to furnish a clinic in Zambia.

The clinic in Mbabala serves a rural population of around 18,000, and has only four wards, one consulting room and one doctor.

It has a need for beds, tables, chairs, lifts and a whole host of other basic equipment. Carnoustie Rotary Club has managed to source much of this from the former Ashludie Hospital.

The equipment was recently professionally packed into a 20 foot shipping container by international moving specialists Clark & Rose Ltd.

Now all that remains is the completion of fund-raising to cover the shipping costs to see the container reach Lusaka, Zambia, by mid April.

Rotarian Archie Leiper has been heavily involved in the organisation of this humanitarian mission.

He said: “The shipping cost is estimated to be £3,981, which is the target sum we have to raise.

“At the moment, we reckon we have £3,200 already in place, so that leaves around £781 to be found.

“We have planned a quiz to be held in May month, which we anticipate will raise this sum. So we will get there!

“We did one last year in May and it raised about £500 and we intend to extend that to raise the balance.

“We will be welcoming and inviting all local organisations to take part.”

More details of the quiz will be printed as and when they become available.

The club has a strong link to the Mbabala area as Archie was able to explain. He said: “Our connection to Zambia is through one of our members, who has family in that country.

“He visits the area once a year.

“He is scheduled to be out there in the months of April and May this year, and it is our intention to have the goods arrive when he is in Zambia.

“This will allow him to ensure that they do arrive and are duly set up in the clinic in Mbabala.”

Archie added: “The Club is grateful for the support from both the local health authority and Clark & Rose.”