Africa pro­ject is just the busi­ness for Adam

Vol­un­teer work will tackle poverty in Uganda

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

An am­bi­tious young Castlemilk man is mak­ing the pil­grim­age to Uganda to help tackle poverty by sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses.

Adam McDon­ald (20), who re­cently com­pleted a twoyear HND busi­ness course at Lang­side Col­lege, jets off to the east African re­pub­lic on Oc­to­ber 2.

He will use the skills he learned dur­ing his stud­ies to con­trib­ute to projects that sup­port lo­cal en­ter­prises.

Dur­ing the 10- week de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme Adam will team up with Ugan­dan vol­un­teers to sup­port en­trepreneurs and small busi­nesses af­ter se­cur­ing a place as an In­ter­na­tional Citizen Ser­vice (ICS) vol­un­teer on the UK gov­ern­ment-funded scheme.

ICS En­tre­pre­neur en­ables young peo­ple aged 18-25 with an ap­ti­tude for busi­ness or a spe­cific skill to con­trib­ute to projects in coun­tries such as Ghana, Uganda and Zam­bia.

Vol­un­teers from the UK and host coun­tries share their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence with small busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs in some of the world’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties to im­prove their prof­itabil­ity and help boost the lo­cal econ­omy.

Vol­un­teers also de­velop their pro­fes­sional skills to en­hance their em­ploy­a­bil­ity over the long term. On their re­turn to the UK, ICS En­tre­pre­neur vol­un­teers un­der­take an ‘Ac­tion at Home Pro­ject’, en­sur­ing that their skills also ben­e­fit their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

For­mer Castlemilk High School pupil Adam is half­way to achiev­ing his fund-rais­ing tar­get of £800 af­ter hold­ing car boot sales and set­ting up a Just Giv­ing ac­count.

His mum and step- dad, Linda and Craig Gal­lacher, em­barked on a marathon cy­cle from Ed­in­burgh last week­end to boost Adam’s fund-rais­ing to­tal.

Said Adam, of View­glen Court: “The trip ap­pealed to me be­cause it sounded like a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity. I have long held an in­ter­est in help­ing oth­ers in Third World coun­tries, and it will be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me as well to use my busi­ness qual­i­fi­ca­tions.”

Adam will be as­signed a ‘host home’ in the Ugan­dan cap­i­tal of Kampala.

“I have trav­elled abroad be­fore, but just on hol­i­day – noth­ing like this. It will be all new to me - a big ad­ven­ture,” said Adam, who has had to have five vac­ci­na­tions in prepa­ra­tion for his trip.

“I am quite ex­cited. I think it will be re­ally good for me. Not a lot of peo­ple could say they have a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing like this.

“I’ll be us­ing my mar­ket­ing, fi­nance and busi­ness skills gained from com­plet­ing my HND in Busi­ness to work with lo­cal busi­nesses in Uganda aimed at help­ing them to de­velop and grow their busi­nesses.

“This is a unique op­por­tu­nity to work along­side busi­nesses who have re­quested help from young vol­un­teers to make a dif­fer­ence where it’s needed most. I’m re­ally ex­cited to get out there and help fight poverty through busi­ness.”

To spon­sor Adam visit https://www.just­giv­ Adam- Mc­don­ald4/? utm_ id=37

Help­ing out Adam McDon­ald from Castlemilk is head­ing off to Uganda

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