Eddie’s mercy mission
Mechanic offers helping hand
Eddie McGaw is getting ready for his latest trip to Africa.
The Creetown mechanic visits Kenya every year to help out underprivileged youngsters and their families.
He’s part of a group of eight who will be travelling to the dump site in Nukuru on October 5 and this year’s plans include providing food parcels for 300 school kids.
Eddie, who works at McConechy ’s Garage in Minnigaff, said: “They’ll all be given a raffle ticket to take home and then their parents, or whoever looks after them, will come to the school with it and be marked off a register.
“The parcel will have salt, sugar, maize, rice, cornflower, candles and sweets for the kids. It’ll probably last them three weeks or a month. All the parcels costs us around £1,500.
“It means what they make from recycling their rubbish they can use as savings or something else.
“It will make a big difference for them. Some parents might have two or three kids in the school so they’ll get two or three parcels.”
The group will help out at the school and build some houses in a dump site.
They’ll also be visiting St Jerome’s Orphanage, where a halfway house is being built for some of the young people to stay after they leave the orphanage.
Eddie raised £1,000 by raffling a holiday in the Canary Islands and another member of the group raised £2,000 – which employers Santander doubled. The total of £5,000 will help fund construction.
Eddie has been visiting the country every year since 2011, when he made the trip as part of a project run by his beloved Celtic.
Former footballer Brian McPhee is also among the group and they’ll be taking football strips to hand out. Stranraer donated three sets and there are also kits from Rangers, St Mirren and Dundee.
They’ve also been given rugby balls to hand out to the kids.
Eddie said: “Everybody is really looking forward to it and the donations we’ve had have been unbelievable.
“John Black, from Stranraer, who is nine, did a sponsored walk up the Merrick and raised £220. For a nine-year-old boy to do that is fantastic.
“Half the money will go on treats for the kids and the other half on books for the new library that’s just been built
“His wee brother, who is six, wanted to do something too and he spent his pocket money on T-shirts and toys for me to take across, which is great.”
African trip Eddie McGaw with child in Kenya wearing Creetown Primary sweatshirt