Bute resident and former teacher David Hanschell is set to hit the road to raise awareness of his efforts to send surplus educational material from Scotland to communities hit by poverty and natural disaster in Africa and the Caribbean.
David, who lives in the Craigmore area of Rothesay, is the man behind the Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation, which has sent educational equipment to Grenada, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Liberia over the last seven years.
Now he plans to spread the word about the Foundation’s work on a sponsored cycle around the schools of Arran and Argyll and Bute.
“I’m going to try to cycle from Wemyss Bay to Ardrossan, catch the ferry to Arran and talk to the school pupils there, go to Kintyre to visit Campbeltown Grammar and then cycle to the joint campus in Lochgilphead,” David told The Buteman.
“I’ve never done this sort of thing before, but the community on Bute has always been very generous in its support for what the Foundation has done and I’d be grateful for any sponsorship from the island.”
The charity evolved out of a class project at North Bute Primary in Port Bannatyne, where David used to be a teacher, to send books, pencils, rulers and jotters to Grenada after the country was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Ivan.
Since then the Foundation has accepted donations of materials from local authorities all over Scotland, and now has storage units in Greenock and the Granton area of Edinburgh as well as a bookshop in the Inverclyde town.
If you’d like to support David’s latest efforts, you can get in touch with him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.