College students raise cash for Kenya

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ENGINEERING students at Banff and Buchan College presented David Runcie, director of Abandoned Lives international charity, with a cheque for £523 recently.

The money was raised by NC Engineering students class 2012 undertaking a Working with Others unit for their National Certificate in Engineering.

The students organised a number of different events including a sponsored hike, car wash, car boot sale, and raffled a signed Manchester City football shirt. The boys were supervised by lecturers Peter Merry and James Ironside, during all activities in the unit.

Abandoned Lives International was set up two years ago because of the desperate orphan conditions witnessed in Kenya by local brothers David and Ian Runcie, while on a visit there seven years ago.

After initially organising a few small feeding programs in Kenya for aids orphans, David, Ian and their wives decided to take on a much bigger project, that of designing and building a house for abandoned children left with no one to care for them. They hope to have their building plans passed this year with construction work beginning early in 2013.

David and Ian expressed their thanks and gratitude to the young engineers and staff of the college, not only for the money raised, which will go directly into the building fund, but for the opportunity to make students aware of the plight of under privileged children in Africa .

David said: “When we hear so much bad press on the youth of today, the engineering students can feel proud that their hard work will benefit people less fortunate than themselves.”

Curriculum leader, Steven Wilson, added: “The students did a fantastic job and approached the tasks with enthusiasm and vigour.

“We are glad that fundraising events are becoming part of the engineering curriculum.

“It is refreshing to see our students’ efforts, developing skills, working with each other and solving problems to the benefit of charities such as Abandoned Lives.”