Ed­die’s mercy mis­sion

Me­chanic of­fers help­ing hand

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Stu­art Gille­spie

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

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