Ro­tunda tours raise cash for good cause

Iconic build­ing re­stored

Rutherglen Reformer - - City History - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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