Newsletter July 2012

20 Mattresses donated to the blind school

Over the past couple of months we have run a series of weekly Quiz nights aimed at raising enough money to buy 20 mattresses for a hostel for the blind and partially sighted children in Nkhata Bay, Malawi. By kind permission of mine hosts Trevor and Mel we held the event in the Samuel Pepys pub in Huntingdon.

Our hardy team of local volunteers included Peter Levitt (right) a semi-retired teacher, Maureen England (left) a maths teacher at a special school and Lindsey Kemp (centre) teaching assistant and mother with 3 young children. Peter designed the quiz and set the questions, Maureen was our quiz mistress and Lindsey took charge of the raffle.

With 8 weekly events completed we raised a total of £645.24. The full cost of purchase was £554.76 and the surplus of £90.48 went towards the cost of the prizes.

3 quotations where obtained by our friend Jomoh Mzembe who travelled 20km to Mzuzu, the nearest large town (city), to get them. The journey cost 3000kw (£8). The hostel decided that Royal Enterprise offered the best value for money. We sent the donation by Western Union in two parts – half to Jomoh and half to Peter Munthali the teacher in charge at the hostel to ensure accountability. The mattresses where purchased on 31st May. To collect and deliver the mattresses Jomoh and Peter hired a 3 ton truck – the round trip cost 6000kw (£16).

You can read Jomoh’s report and his ‘Funny story on the journey’ - see tab on left. 

Sincere thanks to everyone who took part to help make this wonderful donation possible.