From Janet O'Shea, Chair of SLM
St. Ives is beginning to fill up now, especially with the children breaking up from school. We have had a stall (or two) running alongside our bookshop which has generated a great deal of interest in Sierra Leone. It has also raised money which will help with the shipping costs in October.
The Health Centre is well on the way to being completed now. Magnus has managed to source and buy 18 hospital beds and he has also bought more furniture and a huge water tank. It is wonderful to hear of it taking shape and exciting to know that soon it will be instrumental in saving many lives.
Mariatu and Abdul have been taking their exams at University. We sent out money for Mariatu to buy nurses uniform as she will soon begin practical experience in a health centre. If you would like to contact them they are on messenger.
At the end of August a team of us will be heading to Reading to salvage after the festival. Mortimer West are again kindly allowing us to stay overnight at their premises. We will be collecting camping chairs, tents, sleeping bags and anything else that has been abandoned. When we return to Cornwall we sell the majority of items to raise money for SLM. Why don’t you join us??? If you don’t want to salvage you could always take ‘our haul’ and sell it in your area. That would leave us room to collect more.
It is usually very hot……….. or muddy, it is smelly…..I can’t begin to describe! The carnage is unbelievable. HOWEVER it is great fun, it is worthwhile and it is very satisfying.
We have to register those who salvage by mid-August so if you are interested please contact me. I will need the names of salvagers (not children) and the vehicle reg that you might use. Perhaps you could get a group together or just commit yourself. Each time that I have salvaged the team who join me are all unbelievers, it’s a great opportunity to witness. Please give it some thought the dates are Monday 29thAugust 4:00pm - 8:00pm and Tuesday 30thAugust 10:00am - 8:00pm. (We usually leave at 4:00pm to return to Cornwall)
Time is now getting short for shoe bags, please can I encourage you to ask people to help in your area. Facebook is a great communicator and a wonderful way to promote the Sierra Leone Mission.
With many thanks and blessings