Link Gives Golden Touch to Anniversary
When Peter and Connie Watson walked into Egremont Parish Hall on the afternoon of their 50th wedding anniversary and saw it transformed into something magical by the skill and devotion of a team of elves from the Copeland Rungwe Link team they realised that something amazing had happened that was beyond the scope of their deserving. Peter especially is incredibly bad at organising celebrations of any kind, and this time it was all done while they were away with the leprachauns in the bogs of Ireland. Recognising that their basic incompetence was complicated by the need to squeeze the party in between two editions of Egremont Today and a brief holiday searching for sunshine in the unlikeliest of places, Lyn Walby and Paul Connor responded to their cries for help.
Peter explained that they wanted to encompass in their
celebration the lives of people in Rungwe. As we report on pages 10 and 11,
the Link not only enables money to work incredibly effectively in the
economy of Tanzania, but transforms the outlook of the young people who have
come back from living with families in rural Africa.
The only things that went wrong were the things that had to be left to Peter. Only on the day of the party did he realise how many dear friends he had failed to invite and this record has to include a note of apology to them as well as thanks to all those who came and proved so generous. He did not get his head round the need to fix a time to cut the cake, or perhaps he could not bear the thought of damaging anything so beautiful. And there were all those unopened bottles of champagne. Well, you can't have everything. What is important is that after all costs were covered, £1730 was paid into the Link account.
This will help to settle some unfinished business. Last year we told readers that we had donated £2470 to the link to pay the estimated cost of connecting Kisondela school to the national grid. Immediately after that an American company put up its charges for supplying generators by a factor of four. The money raised at this party will be added to Egremont Today's original donation and ring-fenced for the project of bringing that school on line, while serious negotiations take place on the cost of installation. Anyone who looks at the picture on page 11 showing the faces of students and teachers at Lubala school, taking in the power of the tools that have just come into their possession, will appreciate why we must not fail Kisondela.
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