Mirfield volunteers prepare for African adventure

VOLUNTEER WORK Mirfield Rotary Club president Chris Philip on an earlier trip to Tanzania.

VOLUNTEER WORK Mirfield Rotary Club president Chris Philip on an earlier trip to Tanzania.

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Mirfield Rotarians are preparing for a trip to Tanzania to help families living on an isolated island.

And they are asking Reporter readers to root through their garages and sheds for any unwanted tools.

A team of 18 volunteers will travel to the island of Ukerewe in November.

They have booked a container to ship tools of any kind.

Organiser Dr John Philip said: “We are appealing to the good people here, please check your garages, stores and tool boxes.

“I would appreciate any tools – so long as they are in good condition, they can make a difference to people in Ukerewe.

“I would also like any building tools, stepladders, trowels, tile cutters, shovels – in fact almost anything.

“By giving tools we are helping them to help themselves.’

The island’s 350 inhabitants, who must travel by ferry for three-and-a-half hours to reach the mainland, earn less than £1 a day on average by farming and fishing.

Three years ago, Mirfield Rotary Club set up a small credit programme in Ukerewe which is helping 18 families. They also refurbished the local hospital operating theatre, provided a waiting hostel for pregnant women, supplied educational materials to several schools, improved water supply and built a playground.

If you can donate tools, email johnphilip@btconnect.com or phone 07889 388038.