Melodies for Malawi – Local Choirs raise funds for African children

The church of Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn has partnered with the local IWT Rotary Club to celebrate 10 years of successful twinning with the Thondwe church in Malawi to provide a much needed library at the local primary school.

The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in south east Africa which is considered to be one of the continent’s poorest and most densely populated nations. The economy is based on agriculture and 84% of its people live in rural areas with maize the staple food.

A concert, ‘Melodies for Malawi’ is being staged in Innerleithen featuring InChorus with input from the St Ronan’s Primary School Choir, and the children of Thondwe Primary School, as a choral handshake to raise one million Malawi kwacha (a little more than £1000) to build a library for the children.

Organiser, Denis Robson said, “The provision of a library was identified as a priority by the Thondwe community which has committed to the construction of the building if the materials are provided. Books are currently stored in a school room which means one less much needed teaching room for the school which has 1800 pupils.”

The concert will take place in Innerleithen Church of Scotland on Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets will cost £5 per adult, and are available at The Allotment, Innerleithen High Street, Nashy’s Café, Cardrona and St Ronan’s Primary School. Children admitted by donation. There will also be a raffle.

In addition to the concert, the Rotary will hold a children’s workshop in the afternoon from 2pm – 4pm at the church, with African activities such as drumming, dance, crafts and storytelling.

Denis continued, “The library project will provide space and furniture that will be shared with the community. If sufficient funds are raised they will also be able to install solar power and use the building for educational talks. I would urge our community to come along and support the Million Kwacha Challenge.”

We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon and evening of fun and entertainment. Look out for the posters: