Madras pair set for trip to Malawi

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TWO Madras College pupils are preparing for a summer trip to Malawi.

Sixteen-year-old Kirsty Smyth and 15-year-old Tamara Levy will be heading to the African country with the 38 Scottish Explorer Scouts for the whole of July.

And the plucky twosome have been fundraising furiously to raise cash for the trip as well as materials for the projects on which they will be working in Makwawa - in the south of the country on the slopes of the Zomba plateau.

Kirsty, an S5 pupil, told the Citizen: ‘‘Makwawa means ‘source of many streams’ and in Colonial times was the holiday residence of the British Commissioner.’’

S4 pupil Tamara added: ‘‘Blantyre is the nearest city at 60km away and we’ll be camping the whole time, from June 30 until July 30, while working on community projects such as a water tower, constructing a toilet block and in a maize mill.’’

Preparation for the expedition has included two weekend training camps - with another two to complete - and fundraising.

Kirsty explained: ‘‘We have to raise money to cover the costs of our flights and expenses while in Malawi, tents with mosquito nets, and also to contribute to the purchase of materials for the projects on which we’ll be working.’’

The girls have been organising various events, from a cake sale at Madras College and lots of supermarket bag packing to a family bingo night, rescheduled from December - because of the snow - to tomorrow (Saturday) in Strathkinness Village Hall starting at 7pm.

Tamara said; ‘‘It will include a raffle with donations from local St Andrews shops and businesses, for which we are very grateful. We are also indebted to St Andrews Kilrymont Rotary Club for a financial donation.’’

Forthcoming fundraising events will include a family ‘‘clamjamfny ceilidh’’ in the St Andrews Boys’ Brigade Hall on Saturday, February 26, from 7.30 - 11pm and taking part in a sponsored 62-mile cycle from Bowling on the Clyde to Edinburgh on April 2.

Anyone wishing to assist the girls can e-mail kirsty.xx@talktalk.net or tamaralevy@rocketmail.com