Ellon Rotarians’ help for Africa

Ellon Rotarians staged another successful collection of hand tools for Africa  in the town on Saturday.
Ellon Rotarians staged another successful collection of hand tools for Africa in the town on Saturday.

THE Rotary Club of Ellon held another successful collection of hand tools for Africa on Saturday.

A further Tools for Self Reliance event will be staged by the Rotarians on Saturday, April 27 at Tesco, Ellon.

The Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR) is a national charity responding to requests from craftsmen in less developed countries for urgently needed hand tools. A network of voluntary groups and supporters collect these.

In the past and currently these tools are sent to Ghana, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

Within these countries partner organisations that better understand local conditions ensure the tools get to those who really need them.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the patron of TRSR, said previously: “African people have great skills, initiative and energy. They work hard to develop their communities and their continent against heavy odds, but you cannot work with bare hands.”

The Rotary Club collect all types of tools and implements and then take them along to the Camphill Schools Workshop in Bieldside where they are refurbished before being sent out across the African continent where they are put to extremely good use.

The tools ranging from garden spades and hoes to all types of working equipment including spanners, foot treaselled sewing machines and wood chisels have been handed over to the Rotary Club in the past.

The club also makes a donation towards the costs of transportation out to Africa.

Ellon Rotarian Dennis Stewart, who is on the club’s international committee, said: “This gives the ideal opportunity to give the garden shed a good spring clean and get rid of all those tools which lie there collecting dust – just in case they come in handy one day.

“We have been delighted by the response to the collection events and hope that people will again respond to our appeal on April 27.”

For more information contact Mr Stewart on 07901 538 067 or bring your donation of tools to the collection point at Tesco.