Pipe Center tools for Malawi clinic

Published:  16 December, 2010

LEAMINGTON SPA: Pipe Center's Govan Glasgow branch has donated £1000-worth of vital tools and equipment to help a customer build a specialist clinic in Malawi.

The branch presented the gift to customer Scott McEwan, mechanical services manager with City Building, a volunteer on the 500 Miles charity-backed mission to Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries.

The tools will be used to help build a new clinic for victims of road traffic accidents who need artificial limbs.

Scott McEwan said: "There is big problem of road accidents in Malawi, due mainly to the poor lighting. It is a problem affecting both children and adults. The prosthetic limb clinic will make a big difference to the lives of people affected."

He is travelling to Malawi with the tools in September, and construction of the timber frame building is expected to take just 16 days.

He and fellow volunteers will equip the building with modern washing and toilet facilities, and install air conditioning.

The project, supported by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, follows a previous mission to Malawi to build a clinic to treat people with HIV and AIDS.

"It's a very worthwhile cause and we are delighted with the contribution from Pipe Center. The tools will be left behind when we leave, enabling the local people to maintain the clinic over the years to come."

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