Rotarians send tools in aid of African pupils

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ELLON’S Rotarians formally handed over dozens of old tools to the Rudolf Steiner School Workshop on Friday, for refurbishment as part of the Rotary’s ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ programme.

The handover follows two collections in Ellon’s Neil Ross Square over March and April, which saw the town’s residents donate dozens of old, unwanted and unused tools which will be refurbished at the Camphill facility before being sent to developing countries where they will be of use to local craftsmen.

Spokesman for Ellon Rotary Gary Macalister told the Times: “The collection resulted in over a dozen Singer sewing machines and a wide variety of good quality joinery, mechanics and blacksmiths tools being collected. The total filled two large trailers.

“The people of Ellon and surrounding district who donated these sewing machines and tools can be assured that their contributions will make a difference and help people to develop new skills and enable them to generate income and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. “

Meanwhile, organiser Dennis Stewart said: “This was the first time I have been involved with Tools For Self Reliance and the generosity of the people of Ellon and surrounding areas was a real eye opener.

“On behalf of Rotary members, I would like to thank everyone for their support and donations and the help this will bring to others.”

The Tools for Self Reliance program benefits a number of African countries, giving communities the tools necessary to set up small businesses, build new markets, and become self-sufficient. Each year, tens of thousands of high-quality refurbished tools and sewing machines are shipped to projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Malawi.