Far-trav­elled Cat is full of Spirit

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

months.

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