£7000 raised in Brechin for African charity thanks to partnership


A year of hard fund-raising by Brechin High School pupils, in partnership with the town’s rotary club has resulted in £7000 being raised to provide a community kitchen for an African village.

“2014 has been a busy year for Brechin High School Pupil Council Interact Group, working with Brechin Rotary Club,” said Davie McKinnon, a pupil for the group. “We have been fund-raising for Mary’s Meals and hoped to raise enough money to fund the building of a community kitchen for a village in Africa, probably Malawi.”

“Overall we have been working very hard to reach our target of funding a new community kitchen. We are delighted that we have now reached our target but fund-raising will not stop here because we will need to raise more money to pay for the raw ingredients for cooking,” he added.

He said that funds raised were boosted by the club’s recent bingo and quiz night and they were very grateful to the Interact Group from St John’s RC High School in Dundee who donated £100.

Immediate past president of Brechin Rotary Club, Jim Houston said they were delighted with their joint project with the school’s Interact Club.

“We are delighted to say that the target of £7000 has been reached and this will fund a complete kitchen, allowing youngsters in Malawi to have a main meal and also an education,” said Mr Houston.

The club’s annual race night held recently at Parkview Bowling Clubhouse raised more than £800 and was the culmination of the year’s fund-raising for the Mary’s Meals charity.

“We are much in debt to our hosts at the Parkview Bowling Club and to the sponsors of the races - Stevens Scotland, ATMRC Services, The Stables, Brymers Butchers, Turriffs Florists, the Hardware Store and the local SNP branch,” added Mr Houston.

“It has been a real community effort and Brechiners should be proud.”