Last week Anya Crombie from Girvan Academy came to talk to the Rotary Club of Girvan because she was keen to tell us about an adventure she was planning.
With her, at the presentation, was her mum Catherine Crombie and her mum’s partner Kenny Nicol.
Anya is planning a three week expedition to Malawi in 2017. The costs being £2695.
She is hoping to fundraise over half of that to lessen the overall costs to her family.
Fourteen students are going to Malawi and they have a number of events in the pipeline to help the fundraising.
They are using the Catholic Hall in Girvan to have a quiz on Friday October 21st 2016, an 80s night on Friday 4th November and a race night on Saturday 22nd April 2017, so if anyone fancies going along to support, ‘great’ says Anya.
The group are also going to do a sponsored mud run at an assault course at Catrine House which will be a good team building exercise as well.
The expedition itself departs around the 22nd June 2017, and will fly to Lilongwe in Malawi, the nation’s capital before heading south towards Blantyre (named after explorer David Livingstone’s home town of Blantyre, Scotland).
They will be taking part in a 10 day project working in schools to do renovation work as well as assisting in the classrooms.
The project work is likely to be jobs such as painting a classroom, creating recreational play areas in the grounds, building a perimeter wall around and renovating the school.
They will all take part in a trek in and around the Mount Mulanje area which is quite stunning and they will also get to take part in a two day safari at the end of the expedition in Liwonde National Park where we will get the chance to see some fantastic wildlife.
The teacher for Girvan Academy who is doing all the hard work behind the scenes is Mr Alan Drennan and it looks like he has organised a real challenge for his Girvan Students.
The Rotary Club of Girvan were very impressed with Anya and made a donation to their Malawi fund.
It must have been scary to come along and talk to so many, let’s say, mature gentlemen
Mr Jim Guthrie a Girvan Rotary member or should I say the Rev Jim Guthrie, as a Church of Scotland Minister has great connections with Malawi. The Church of Scotland has been going there , working there, building there for well over 100 years.