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Pageant news 22 August 2011

Over the weekend 20-21 August, Pageant members packed four pallets of classroom furniture, exercise books, sewing machines, microscopes, the contents of a hairdressing salon (for an up-country skills centre), overhead projectors plus lots of packages containing donated clothing, bedding etc. These will be shipped with Kamino Redcoat in Crawley and should arrive in The Gambia at the end of September.

The first two pallets finished

Ian & Brian tying up a pallet

Brian wrapping with black plastic

All ready to go

Wandifa, Abdoulie and Yankuba have been alerted to the arrival of the pallets and will arrange the unloading in Banjul. Ian and Pippa anticipate that they will travel to Kanikunda during their October trip to assist in the re-assembling of the hairdressing units - see the photos for one type of vanity unit in various stages of assembly.

base and column assembled

+ worktop and mirror

Our heartfelt thanks to Ann and Brian for all their help in the packing of the pallets themselves and for many hours packing and labelling all the donated items, and to Tim, both for the loan of his barn to store and pack everything and for taking it to Crawley for us on his trailer.

Update 13 December 2011 - A thank-you letter

Pageant has received this letter from Mr Obasi, Headmaster of the Seventh Day Adventist School in Sotokoi-Daru, Serrekunda - one of the recipients of classroom furniture:

"I would like to convey to you the sincere thanks of the Management Board of S.D.A School Sotokoi-Daru for the benevolent assistance that you have rendered to our School by donating to us some children tables. We really appreciate the donation, your visit to our School and the friendly discussions you had with the headmaster. We pray for your good health and well-being and encourage you in the good work of helping Gambian children. It’s our prayer and hope that you will remember our school headmaster’s request to you and consider our school by allocating to us some chairs, tables and other items in your next shipment of donations to The Gambia."

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