RGB Building Supplies and Devon-based charity Amigos have received a very positive response to their appeal for donations of preloved tools. These will go on to help young Africans lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Following the the call for donations, a total of 33 ‘dumpy bags’ of used tools were collected across the RGB network throughout June and July.  In some cases, RGB customers purchased brand new items to leave at the drop zones.

Amigos has been working in Uganda for nearly 20 years. For the last nine years it has been providing vocational training in construction skills.

Amigos Chief Executive Phil Pugsley said: “This was a fantastic campaign and we are so grateful both to RGB and their staff for the wonderful support they provided, but even more so to their generous customers who have given tools. The impact these tools will make in Africa is beyond measure.

“Everyone who has supported this campaign has played a big part in changing many people’s lives, and for that we can’t thank you enough. Tools not only help make and repair things, but they also put food on the table, send kids to school, repair boreholes and bicycles, and even help put roofs on people’s mud huts so they can keep dry! For every tool kit, imagine how many people will be helped in just one year, let alone 10, 20 or 30 years.”

Pugsley added: “During the RGB appeal there were occasions where those who had lost loved ones were unsure of what to do with tools and found comfort in donating them knowing the items will be used to make a real difference to those in need.”

Kevin Fenlon, CEO at RGB Building Supplies, was also very pleased: “We’re thrilled with the response we had to the appeal. Something that may have been gathering dust in a garage or shed will now go on to make a real difference to young people’s lives, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to our customers and the big-hearted communities for their fantastic support.”

There were responses to the campaign from across the country and following its success, plans are already underway to repeat it in 2020.