Inverugie woman heading up African charity project

Children from Clerkhill nursery in Peterhead helped fundraising for the JAM trip.
Children from Clerkhill nursery in Peterhead helped fundraising for the JAM trip.

A woman from Inverugie is heading up a 17-strong team of volunteers who are travelling to Johannesburg to oversee a major refurbishment of a children’s centre.

The project is being run in conjunction with the JAM International charity which specialises in relief and sustainable development in Africa.

Led by Jean Gardiner, the team will travel to South Africa later this month to decorate and furnish the children’s facility as well as hosting a party with the children on the final day.

The group has also committed to feed 100 children for one year after the makeover.

Mrs Gardiner said: “I was introduced to a South African couple, Peter and Anne Pretorius, who founded JAM in 1984.

“They showed me a short video of a makeover and told me about the ‘mamas’ who care for the children.

“My granddaughter calls me Mama. I know how well cared for my grandchildren are and wanted to give a mama and the children a safe, functional and equipped place to grow.”

Fundraising activities have ranged from a sponsored skydive to young pupils saving their pennies.

North East companies have also donated generously.

Donations have also included musical instruments, sports equipment, hygiene items such as soap and toothbrushes as well as a host of education resources.

To find out more and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/peterhead.

To date Mrs Gardiner and her team have raised £23k.