Fund-raising drive for friends in Malawi

Kilmaron school - Aiden Hutchison, Thomas Maloney, Daniel Valentine and Fraser Arnott.
Kilmaron school - Aiden Hutchison, Thomas Maloney, Daniel Valentine and Fraser Arnott.
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Pupils and staff at a Cupar school are digging deep with fund-raising efforts to help their partner school in flood-stricken Malawi.

Kilmaron school, whose pupils have complex additional support needs, is linked to St Lawrence’s Secondary Girls’ School in Chikwawa.

The tie-up has seen an exchange of teachers between the schools and the fostering of cultural projects.

Kilmaron teacher Ali Mackenzie, who was part of a party from Strathmiglo, Auchtermuchty and Letham schools who visited the African country last year, said this week that £500 had been raised since the start of the Kilmaron appeal two weeks ago.

He said Kilmaron pupils had also been working “extremely hard” to prepare posters to raise awareness of the flooding.

Head teacher Isla Lumsden added that an auction and a talent show were being organised to boost funds.

“All monies raised will go to the charities on the ground, helping people in the aftermath of the flooding.”

This year’s project at Kilmaron has been ‘Water and Air,’ which has highlighted the increasing frequency of devastating flooding in Malawi. The situation has brought about changes in farming practices, such as growing crops off the ground.

Isla added: “We are very keen to work with our partner school to encourage the development and harnessing of alternative energy.”

Kilmaron will be holding an educational day on March 6, showcasing Malawian culture.