St Andreans come together to aid Zambian families


STAFF and students at St Andrews University have teamed up with local primary schools to send much needed supplies out to Zambia.

The combined efforts of the groups, along with other members of the local community, led to a shipping container filled with thousands of pounds of donations being sent out to the poverty stricken African country.

As part of the university’s Project Zambia initiative, staff and students from the university - as well as local schools and community groups - were asked to donate items such as clothing or medical equipment.

And after just a couple of days the group had collected enough items to fill a large container.

Volunteers spent three hours packing the crate before the special shipment was sent off to the Sport in Action project in the capital, Lusaka.

Arranging to transport the container to landlocked southern African country proved difficult.

However, the group were helped by Aspray International who provided the container shipment and the Commission for Logistics and Transport (CILT), whose Patron is HRH the Princess Royal.

Rob Warren, assistant director of student services and who helped arrange the shipment, told the Citizen: “I want to thank everyone involved.

“It has been a tremendous effort and one that will be a huge and direct benefit to children and their families in Zambia.

‘‘In particular, we are extremely grateful to Aspray International for making this possible and for the support of the Princess Royal and CILT.

“The appeal for donations of medical equipment, clothes, shoes and sports gear went extremely well. We collected donations across the university and from local primary schools and individuals to add to the equipment and furniture already donated by the Bute Medical School.

“This has been a hugely successful effort by the university’s estates department, the sports centre and student services and we were delighted to have a full load, worth several thousand pounds to send off.”