Big-hearted Eddie ready to head off to Kenya and help chil­dren liv­ing in poverty

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STEPHEN NOR­RIS A Cree­town man is gear­ing up for his next African odyssey to help poverty-stricken fam­i­lies in Kenya.

And Eddie McGaw is hop­ing a psy­chic night fundraiser for Project Nakuru to­mor­row will give his mercy mis­sion a big boost.

Eddie and fel­low volunteers will fly out on a two-week mercy mis­sion to Nakuru on Oc­to­ber 4.

The team will be based at the Walk Cen­tre they helped build in the Hil­ton slum area of the city.

Eddie, who will be mak­ing his ninth an­nual trip to Kenya, told the News: “Nakuru is Kenya’s third big­gest city.

“In the dump site area the av­er­age wage is £2 a week from re­cy­cling rub­bish.

“Around 70 per cent of the kids who come to the Walk Cen­tre have one parent, 20 per cent have two and 10 per cent are or­phans. “At the cen­tre, they get two meals a day. “If we can walk away and there’s a smile on peo­ple’s faces, we know we will have done our job.”

Celtic sup­porter Eddie first trav­elled to Kenya in 2011 as part of the club’s char­ity mis­sion there.

The not-for-profit Walk Cen­tre pro­vides chil­dren with basic hu­man rights ; ed­u­ca­tion, reg­u­lar meals and the chance of a bet­ter life.

Now the race is on to boost the Project Nakura kitty ahead of the trip.

Eddie, who re­cently cel­e­brated his 51st birth­day, said: “We’re aim­ing to raise as much as we can be­fore we go out.

“Last year, we pro­vided 200 food parcels, which kept a fam­ily go­ing for a month.

“We built houses at the dump site too — they were only sheds but at least they of­fer pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments.

“We were also able to fund half­way houses for chil­dren at the cen­tre.

“That meant that in­stead of get­ting kicked out into the street they are still looked af­ter but have their own wee bit of in­de­pen­dence too.”

Eddie can’t fore­tell how much cash will be banked be­fore de­par­ture for Kenya.

But he said: “The psy­chic night is to raise money — but there’s a wee bit of fun in­volved as well.”

To­mor­row evening’s show in Cree­town Youth Club Hall stars medi­ums Alan Welsh and Jac­qui McGleish and opens at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets priced £8 are avail­able from Eddie on 07967 267 850 or McConechy’s in Min­ni­gaff on 01671 402148.

Other Gal­loway volunteers in­volved in Project Nakura in­clude Wig­town woman Ann Todd.

Ann or­gan­ised a suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing gig with Ghana­ian master drum­mers Kakat­sitsi in Wig­town County Build­ings on Sun­day night.

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