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Pam Wilson, Jackie Wilson, Ron Neville and Sam Riddell are the Trustees of the newly established charity to support links between Westgate Health Centre, Dundee, Scotland, and Zingwangwa Clinic, Blantyre, Malawi. This will enable us to directly channel funds raised to suport the needs of Zingwangwa. So, staff at Zingwangwa, tell of equipment items you need, training course that need supported and development plans.
As an establsihed charity we become eligible for ‘Gift Aid’ and can use ‘Just Giving’ so that donations can be made on line.
Following the success of recent events by patients and staff at Westgate Medical Practice, Dundee, Scotland to raise funds for their colleagues in their twin clinic at Zingwangwa, Blantyre, Malawi we have been exploring ways to take advantage of UK tax relief on charitable donations. We are considering registering as a charity, separate but associated with the Scotland Malawi Partnership, so that donors can claim tax relief and thus increase the amount raised. This would also enable us to raise funds for Zingwangwa using on line interent facilities. Charity status requires that trustees are appointed, accounts audited and regular reports produced. What do you think?
The Right Honourable Dr Jean Kalilani is visiting Scotland this week to cement links between the two countries. Dr Kalilani attended a Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) Forum and met with representatives of some of the SMP projects. The leads of each project had an opportunity to describe their work, highlight acheivement, and outline the challenges they face. A common theme was for each project to be aware of other initiatives and to avoid duplication of effort. Dr Kalilani thanked the SMP and associated proejcts for their work and outlined the need for future work to be within the framwork being developed by her department. Dr Kalilani has a particular interest in empowering women and promoting equality issues, and has experience of using micro-finance of small business loans to local women, similar to the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.
The problems of supplying equippment to clinics and hospitals in Malawi was highlighted. The Twinning Clinics Project Director used the analogy of the ‘Wedding List’ to illustrate how Malawian Health Care Workers could list and cost what equippment and materials they needed and post these on a website accessible to colleagues and potential donors in Scotland. Donors could then choose and purchase items from this list. Sourcing of equippment and delivery to clinics and hospitals could then be done in a co-ordinated way, purchasing locally where possible. In the same way that friends and family purchase presents from a couple ‘Wedding List’, donors in Scotland could purchase and thus donate goods known to be wanted and valued by their Malawian Coleagues.
Do post your own comments on suggestions on this topic.
The staff and patients at Westgate Clinic, Dundee, Scotland have raised more than their planned target for support to Zingwangwa this year. We have several hundred pounds sterling available to help with training or other needs at Zingwangwa. Ideas and suggestions welcome.
Medical, nursing and admin staff from Westgate Medical Practice, Dundee, Scotland, recently held a sponsored walk up the mountain of Dreish, height 3045 feet. On the summit we proudly displayed the Malawian flag in honour of our friends at Zingwangwa. The funds raised will help to pay for another year of Internet and e-mail services for staff at Zingwangwa.
Mr Jack Stephen of Dundee, Scotland who is a patient at Westgate Medical Practice(Twinned with Zingwanga) asked all his friends and family to donate money to Zingwangwa instead of buying him presents. His family held a party at his daughter Jackie’s home, and raised a total of £750. We are very grateful to Jack and his family for their generosity. The staff at Westgate will discuss with their colleagues in Zingwangwa how best to use these funds.