M&C team wish fundraiser well in retirement

Some of the teachers in the uniforms donated by M&C.

Mackenzie & Cruickshank is wishing the founder of a charity which it has supported for a number of years all the best in her retirement.

Marlyn Somers of Forres set up Uganda Aid Person to Person in 2006 and the team at the garden centre has supported the cause over that time.

However, Marlyn who works in the town’s McLachlan Opticians will retire at the end of this month – meaning she has more time for the charity.

Peter Wilson, owner of M&C said: “We just want to wish Marlyn all the best in her retirement and we are just relieved that she is only retiring from the opticians.

“She has done a huge amount of work for Uganda Aid Person to Person from originally founding it to successfully keeping it going some 13 years later. It takes a huge amount of effort on her part. We have been delighted to be involved and will continue to do what we can in the future.”

Marlyn set up Uganda Aid Person to Person with the aim of building a school in Bunono in the Kabale area, in the south west of Uganda.

Thirteen years on, the school is now almost complete and includes accommodation for some of the pupils, shower blocks, a library, and a kitchen.

Marlyn who visits once a year and was last there in January explained: “When I first went over, it was just a series of mud huts and I decided I wanted to do something to give them something more substantial. I originally went over with Vision Aid to help with eye tests and dispensing of glasses, but I wanted to do more.

“Over the years, we have held various fundraising events and eventually we had enough to build a proper school and accommodation. We have a lot of orphans so having the accommodation was important. When I was there in January the last mud hut was being replaced.”

She added: “The school is wonderful, and the teachers are amazing. Recently we have had pupils graduate in agriculture, as an anaesthetist and in nursing. We have had two pupils manage to secure a bursary which means they are now getting education in Kampala.

“It’s a real achievement but could not be done without the support from so many local people here. We do ongoing fundraising but there are those like Heather and Peter who donate items, money or sponsor one of our young pupils. People really are very generous.

“Over the years M&C have donated uniforms which are worn by the teachers for special occasions, aprons which are used

in a local hospital and they have also made financial contributions as well. In fact, the financial support meant that we were able to furnish a whole classroom which has meant so much to us and the pupils.”

To find our more about the charity visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/www.bunonoschool.org/

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