BBs Presented With Youth Impact Award

The 25th Stirling and Dunblane Boys’ Brigade has won an award for construction work in one of the world’s poorest countries.

The brigade was presented with the Youth Impact Award at the Scotland-Malawi Partnership AGM in Glasgow for their contribution to rebuilding classrooms in Africa.

The accolade was the culmination of many months’ hard work by a group of volunteers involved in Project Malawi.

The group of 17 youngsters from the Dunblane-based company gave up some of their school summer holidays to renovate classrooms in two primary schools in Malawi.

To finance the trip, the boys organised a number of fund-raising activities throughout the year, from coffee mornings and quiz nights to ceilidhs and hiring out their flock of pink flamingos.

Gavin Kitching, who took part in the project, described it as ambitious and challenging”.

He added: “We hope that we have helped the children in these communities try and break the cycle of poverty through an improved education.

“We will be doing our best to try and inspire as many youth groups as possible to take the same challenge we did.”

Project leader, Officer Colin Anderson, praised the team’s efforts: “I cannot be more proud of the way these young men rose to the challenge.

Their maturity, hard graft and determination was exceptional and they definitely made their mark in Likhubula.”

The Likhubula area of Malawi, where the schools are located, has long-standing links with the Dunblane community, as a result of the Dunblane-Likhubula Partnership.

The partnership, originally formed in June 2005, acts as a link between the communities of Dunblane and Likhubula involving schools, churches and the community at large.

As well as building works, the partnership is involved in projects providing sustainable agriculture, water, sanitation and education.

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