12:41 Thursday 06 February 2014

Malawi beckons for engineering workers

Written byMARK MCKAY

TWO engineering workers will ditch their work boots for their sun hats when they venture south of the equator to build a school for African orphans.

Tony McNamara and his brother-in-law Chris Clarke will jet off to Malawi in May to build the primary school next to an orphanage.

The pair, both of Newhall, are two of 14 workers Nottingham civil engineering firm P Hughes Construction will send on the trip.

The team aim to complete the project in 10 days which will provide much-needed facilities for 175 orphans whose parents have died of AIDS.

Mr McNamara, 50, of Bretby Road, told the Mail he is going to be one of four bricklayers sent on the expedition.

He said: “Before the orphanage was built the children just sat out underneath a tent so I think it’s going to be pretty life-changing for them.

“Because it’s miles away it’s something you don’t really think about until someone tells you about it.”

P Hughes Construction teamed up with the volunteer foundation Love, Support, Unite Africa to carry out the project.

The firm has already supported the Tilinanu Orphanage, which was built in 2009.

Mr McNamara, who has worked for P Hughes Construction for 14 years, said he is one the lucky few out of 170 workers who were chosen for the trip of a lifetime.

He said: “We are trusted employees so our boss know what he is going to get from us.

“I have never done anything like this before but I’m just glad to have been asked.”

The team, which will also include carpenters, ground workers and machine operators, will carry two or three suitcases each filled with clothes and medical supplies.

Mr McNamara added that any donations t would be very much appreciated.

He said: “We are going to be travelling light and only taking a wash and wear for ourselves.

“Any penny which people can give will be humbly and gratefully received.”

Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/Philip-Hughes2

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