Rotunda tours raise cash for good cause
Iconic building restored
A charity run by a Burnside woman is helping to re-open a hidden part of Glasgow for a good cause.
The Ethiopia Medical Project (EMP) hasraised a huge amount of money for a clinic in the poverty-stricken country, providing medical care and attention to thousands of women.
Now they are holding behind the scenes tours of the recently revamped South Rotunda in Glasgow, taking place on Saturday, June 17.
It is a chance to see how the 150-year-old building has been restored.
The south rotunda was once the southern entrance to three tunnels under the River Clyde and there will be tea, coffee and cakes following the tour.
All the money from the tours will go towards EMP.
The charity is the brainchild of Burnside woman Maureen Burnett and her cousin, Jo Middlemiss.
Earlier this year Maureen, 72, told the Reformer about the work of the charity.
Maureen and Jo make a visit to the country every year, and their visit in February saw them see a new wing of the clinic that they had managed to fundraise for.
They were greeted like returning heroes, with locals out on the street to welcome them.
She said: “It was beyond our expectations, it was fabulous.
“They wouldn’t fully open it until we arrived. When we arrived there were hundreds of people there, and there were outriders leading us in. We felt like the Pope.
“We were in a car coming along and there were all these people waiting for us, waving Scottish flags and things like that, clapping along.”
The rotunda was brought back to life by marine engineering firm Malin Group.
The clinic requires continual donations to stay open, with £5 enough to secure five pairs of pants, £10 a blanket and £15 enough to feed an Ethiopian woman for a month.
£500 can build a new house, and £1,000 pays the entire staff of the centre for a month.
Visit www.ethiopiamedicalproject.com for more information on the charity’s work and the rotunda tours.
Charity work Maureen Burnett