Pauline hits the town be­fore trip

Nurse speaks to Re­former ahead of Sierra Leone re­turn

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Pauline Caf­fer­key found a unique way to pre­pare for her up­com­ing trip to Sierra Leone – by go­ing on a Glas­gow “sub­crawl”.

The Cam­bus­lang-based nurse be­came the first Bri­tish per­son to be in­fected by Ebola in De­cem­ber 2014.

Since then she has faced sev­eral re­lapses and set-backs, but is now look­ing to en­joy life again.

She will head back to the African coun­try where she caught the dis­ease next week to raise money for the Street Child charity.

And to add a lit­tle ex­tra to their pot, Pauline roped 14 pals into go­ing on the sub­crawl to at­tract do­na­tions from pun­ters.

She laughed: “It was re­ally good fun and went re­ally well.

“That was my first time do­ing the sub­crawl. We never man­aged a drink in ev­ery pub, mainly be­cause we had a few in the first, but we did make it all the way around.

“We were all dressed as old women. My sis­ter was es­pe­cially no­tice­able be­cause she was dressed as [TV char­ac­ter]Mrs Brown.

“We raised a cou­ple of hun­dred pounds from the peo­ple in the pubs and those with us do­nated about that much as well.”

Pauline will jet out to Sierra Leone next week to par­tic­i­pate in Street Child’s an­nual fundrais­ing marathon with two friends.

She was treat­ing those suf­fer­ing from Ebola in 2014 when she caught the dis­ease.

But, speak­ing to the Re­former, the 41-year-old said she was ex­cited to be re­turn­ing. “I am look­ing for­ward to it,” she said. “Peo­ple keep ask­ing if I am wor­ried about catch­ing Ebola again but, if any­thing, I don’t have a chance of catch­ing it be­cause I will be im­mune.

“Sierra Leone is one of the poor­est coun­tries in the world. It suf­fered from civil war for a long time and had just started to re­cover when Ebola struck.

“The peo­ple are nice but they have had such a hor­ri­ble time. I’ll be go­ing back this time at a dif­fer­ent stage for the coun­try.”

Street Child is a UK charity, es­tab­lished in 2008, that aims to cre­ate ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity for some of the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

They were ac­tive in Sierra Leone while Pauline was there pre­vi­ously, but she only found out about them when she re­turned to the UK and they asked her to do a talk.

With a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on get­ting young women into ed­u­ca­tion, the charity aim to tackle bar­ri­ers such as poverty, teenage preg­nancy, early mar­riage, loss of a care­giver and a lack of sup­port from adults and the com­mu­nity.

Pauline said: “Right now they are do­ing a cam­paign to get 500 teenage moth­ers into ed­u­ca­tions.

“There are so many teenage preg­nan­cies there be­cause young women are forced to have sex for food or money.

“They have also iden­ti­fied 1,400 Ebola or­phans to help. A lot of the times it is younger mem­bers of the family who need to head the house­hold be­cause they have lost their par­ents. They drop out of school to look af­ter their sib­lings.

“While we are there we will be able to see some of the work they are do­ing.”

Pauline’s whole trip is be­ing self­funded which means any money she raises goes to Street Child.

Pauline is fundrais­ing for UK NGO Street Child to help 1,400 se­ri­ously at-risk Ebola or­phans to re­build their lives. Go to https://tinyurl.com/mo­hem4o for more in­for­ma­tion.

My sis­ter was es­pe­cially no­tice­able be­cause she was dressed as Mrs Brown

Photo: Dou­glas McKen­drick

Dress sense Pauline Caf­fer­key at Bridge St Sub­way sta­tion with fel­low sub­crawlers Crawl­ing around Pauline and her pals all set for their charity sub­crawl

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