Far-travelled Cat is full of Spirit
Cat and Karen will travel almost 5000 miles to begin their Chinese adventure.
But that’s still 3000 fewer miles than Cat’s last big charity mission last summer.
The Cambuslang mum of four joined the charity Spirit Aid on a trip to Malawi to help poverty-stricken communities. The Glasgow-based charity was founded by actor David Hayman in 2001. It works with children and
communities in Glasgow and Palestine, South Africa and Afghanistan as well as Malawi.
In her role as Tesco’s community champion, Cat helped organise bag-packing for Spirit Aid and showed a keen interest in the essential work the charity does.
After going to a fundraising event and meeting with the board members, charity bosses invited Cat to join them in their next aid mission. Cat kept clothes and toiletries to a minimum in
her suitcase to make room for lamps, torches, batteries, children’s football strips and several large solar panels.
The unusual items in her luggage were all earmarked for different projects supported by Spirit Aid, including a new science block and girls’ dormitory for a secondary school.
On top of her regular fundraising at Tesco, Cat raised the £800 for her air fare, and another £100 for all the injections.
Cat spent a week visiting the different projects Spirit Aid supports throughout the 10 villages in the Milonde region.
The charity has had a presence in the area since 2008. Since then, the difference has been impressive.
It’s most visible in the high school where there are 50 Spirit Aid scholarships for kids whose parents can’t afford the £18 annual fee.
Cat also visited a medical centre where was a maternity unit with just 12 beds, and very poor conditions.
She brought paracetamol and Imodium tablets, which are used to treat diarrhoea, and these were welcomed by the doctors who said they hadn’t had any paracetamol for three