Eddie McGaw from Creetown is preparing for his annual charity mission to Kenya where he will be part of a group of eight helping out underprivileged youngsters and their families.
This will be the Celtic fan’s eighth visit to the country having travelled to Kenya every year since 2011, when he was part of a project run by the football club.
As part of this latest trip to Nakuru on October 5, the group are planning to distribute food parcels for 300 school children. Each parcel will contain salt, sugar, maize, rice, cornflower, candles and sweets which is estimated to last between three weeks to a month.
In total, the parcels have cost around £1,500, paid for by a number of fundraising events over the last year including £1,000 which Eddie raised by raffling a holiday in the Canary Islands. Another member of the group raised £2,000, which was matched by their employers Santander.
As well as the cost of the parcels, money raised will also be used to pay for the materials which volunteers including Eddie will use to build a halfway house for some of the young people from St Jerome’s Orphanage to stay in after they have left the charity’s care. It will also help pay for some books for a newly built library.
Also taking part in the forthcoming trip is former footballer Brian McPhee and the group will be taking football strips from Stranraer, Rangers, St Mirren and Dundee to hand out to the children. They’ve also been given rugby balls for the young Kenyans to play with.