In summer 2014, Karen Gillon organised a trip to Malawi for a number of young people from Carluke to spend two weeks working on projects and visiting a children's home run by Open Arms, Malawi. Some photos of that trip can be viewed on the church website here
This summer, Megan Hoey, one of the 2014 group, and her brother, Cameron, are planning to return to Malawi and take part in similar activities. They will be flying out on Saturday 29 June for a few weeks working in Open Arms orphanage, Blantyre, Malawi.
I had decided that while they were out there I would like for them to arrange for me to sponsor one of the children in the orphanage. As promised by Karen, after only a week of them coming home Neville from Open Arms contacted Karen with the details of the wee boy I would be sponsoring, Boyce.
I always knew that I would like to go over to experience the same work trip as Megan had undertaken but was too young, so last year we started fund raising so that we would be able to go over this summer. Although this time it is only Megan and myself going over, so the projects that we will be working on will only be with Open Arms but I am hopefully getting to meet Boyce and his father and we are both looking forward to the life changing experience.
Fund raising is going well, with our flight now paid and our aim for £1500-2000 extra funds looking like it is going to be achieved, we will be transferring all extra raised cash straight to the orphanage to help with any projects we will be working on or whatever they are needing at the time.
We would both like to say a huge thank you to everyone of St John's congregation who have so generously helped in our fund raising efforts over the past 18 months and know that your money will be going to a very very good cause.
Cameron & Megan Hoey