A taste of Africa in Ormsary

On Friday 8th February at 7.00pm and in Ormsary Village Hall on the Kilberry peninsula, South Knapdale Church is presenting an evening billed as A Taste of Africa.

This is a fund raiser to support the education of the Pelandaba orphans in Zimbabwe. The evening costs £10 per adult [children free] for a two-course meal, with entertainment and a quiz – and you can bring your own bottle.

For catering purposes, the organisers obviously need to know how many are coming so those interested are asked to let them know by phone to:

  • 01852 500638: Cindy Macdonald
  • 01880 770286: Fiona Drynan
  • 01546 603269: David Carruthers

This small charity is based in Scotland. Its purpose is to raise funds to pay for the primary and secondary school fees of orphans living in and around Pelandaba, a suburb of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.  School fees are currently US$ 40 per term for primary school children and US$ 50 per term for secondary pupils.

The Fund operates under the umbrella of the larger UK based Charity ZANE (Zimbabwe – A National Emergency) which was set up by the MP, Tom Benyon, in 2002.

The Argyll link is a central one.

In 2011, Cindy Macdonald  – now a retired headteacher of a small primary school in rural Argyll – and who was born and educated in Zimbabwe, was visiting friends who were involved in a ZANE feeding programme for the elderly in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city.

Whilst she was visiting a feeding station, Cindy noticed that, even during school hours, there were children hanging around to eat there – and discovered they were orphans who had no means of affording school fees.

After talking with local ZANE supporters, she resolved that once she was back in Scotland she would set about trying to raise funds to educate these orphans.

So this has all been generated by the will of an extraordinary woman, here in Argyll, to help those who are utterly without support of any kind towards a start in life that may support their independent futures.

And a taste of Africa sounds an experience worth having.

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