Kind-hearted quintet from First Omagh church bound for Malawi
Thursday, 9 March 2017
FIVE kind-hearted congregation members from First Omagh Presbyterian Church are joining forces with nine members of Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor to help those less fortunate in Malawi this summer.
The group of 14 will fly out to the town of Embangweni, which is located in the northern region of Malawi, on June 29, where they will spend 16 days working to help better the lives of the local people.
First Omagh Presbyterian Church has been a supporter of the people of Embangweni for many years and when the opportunity arose to visit the area, the group jumped at the chance.
One member of the group, Edwin Johnston, who works in Omagh Library, said: "First Omagh has always supported the people of Embangweni and the hospital out there for a long number of years, but no one has been to visit and we got the opportunity to go with another church who have been a number of times so we're going to visit the hospital, the school and the church."
As well as visiting these establishments, the group is also going to be carrying out renovation work on the local teacher training college's dormitories and will begin building a new satellite church.
Edwin continued: "As well as the hospital and the church, there's a school for deaf children and there's a teacher training college and we're hoping to do some work on the dormitories which need renovations. We're doing several projects and we're hoping to start building a satellite church as well.
"We're also going to visit the church and see how they worship out there and just to be able to go back to First Omagh and to give a better picture of what has been going on. It's a totally different environment to what we're used to and we're really looking forward to it. We'll be seeing a different lifestyle and we'll have a great experience."
Fundraising for the forthcoming trip is already underway with a most successful coffee morning on Saturday raising around £1,400 to date and there are a number of events coming up within the next few months.
An auction is scheduled to take place on April 1 in First Omagh Presbyterian Church hall, a concert will take place in May (date to be confirmed) with performances from Omagh Community Youth Choir and St Eugene's Band and a treasure hunt and barbecue will take place in June (date to be confirmed).
"Fundraising so far has been going really well," Edwin continued. "We hope to raise enough funds to do the work on the dormitories and to pay for the church and anything in excess will go towards hospital supplies. All fundraising is for the projects and everyone is paying their own way."
Paying tribute to those who have donated thus far, Edwin concluded: "I would just like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and hopefully they will continue to do so."
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