Nine Drums head off for Zimbabwe

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Organisers of the Zimbabwe Orphan Appeal have had another busy year of fundraising taking place throughout Aberdeenshire enabling them to send nine drums to Zimbabwe last Wednesday, laden with goods

One of the organisers, Tina Buchan told the Herald: “We held a very successful coffee morning in April which took place in the United Reformed Chuirch, Mid Street Fraserburgh raising a total of £495.90.

“Other fundraisers included a May Day at Turriff where we had various stalls such as Tombola, Hook a Duck, hoe bakes and home - knitted dolls clothes, which were knitted by a faithful team of helpers who’s knitting needles are never idle, so a very special thank you to Jess, Ishbel and Alexandra for all their hard work.

“I have a dedicated team of helpers who support me both emotionally and physically who include, Kathleen, Janis, Eleanor, Barbara, Gail and Rosie, not forgetting Ian with his toffee.

“This year we have sent nine drums to Zimbabwe at a cost of £250 per drum, these drums contain clothes, footwear, bedding, toothbrushes, toothpaste, vaseline, toys and a collection of Bratz dolls from a little girl called Sarah. As well as 200 pencils/crayons which were all sharpened by hand, I hope your blisters are better Rosemary.

“A special thank you to Carol and the Ruxton family for a very generous donation of nursery school age educational equipment, which included puzzles, books, paper, paints, chairs, tables, climbing frames, a slide, baby cots, prams and many more useful items. We shared these with another charity who provide educational supplies to Romania.

“Without the support and donations from the general public it would not be possible for us to send these drums.

“My heartfelt thanks goes to everyone concerned.”

The organisation are currently looking for someone with computer experience to sell some items on - line for the transportation costs of these goods.

If anyone is willing to spare a few hours each week they should contact Tina on 01346 516815. Tina added: “I would be delighted to hear from you and we would all be very grateful.”