A partner project between Elie Primary School and the Henry Henderson Institute in Malawi, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone in 2013, has led to the village pupils raising a fantastic £1000 for their African counterparts.
Former Anstruther couple Douglas and Amelia Taylor, now living in Blantyre, Malawi, had asked the Elie pupils to send work for an exhibition on the anniversary, focusing on Livingstone’s life as a mill worker, and later, as a doctor.
Pupils at the Institute in Malawi – which Elie has been partnered with for six years – then intended to cover his African explorations and attempts to abolish slavery. But unfortunately, they were unable to do so because they had a lack of crayons and writing materials.
This prompted P4-7 pupils in Elie to start a fundraising campaign, and five groups were given a start up grant of £30 and asked to organise an event to increase their capital.
Following a number of events, such as the car wash, ‘sellathon’, ‘runathon’ and sponsored coastal walk, the initial £150 was turned in to £1000 which will be sent to Douglas and Amelia in the new term.
Former headteacher Maggie Mackay, who retired at the end of term, said: “Thanks to all the pupils, staff and parents of this enterprising school who made this possible!”