AQUASIGN recognising the greatest gift is EDUCATION

Our Commercial Director Emma Learmonth has been supporting Pandi’s Legacy – a Scottish registered charity (SC046062) for the past 10 years. Pandi’s was formed by Emma’s sister, Jackie Learmonth, after a visit to Gambia where she came across Kunta Kinteh Nursery in the town of Faji Kunta.  The children were all so desperate to learn but being taught in horrendous conditions – the class room was little more than a shack with no equipment, running water, toilets or electricity.  Jackie came back to the UK on a mission to help build them a new school.  Through Scotland’s generosity Pandi’s has so far raised over £20K and built 3 fully equipped classrooms with running water and electricity.  In addition, uniforms were provided to all pupils and most importantly ensure every child receives daily meals via the support of ONST.

Over the years Kunta Kinteh has gone from strength to strength with more classrooms and a library. Last year saw the opening of Kunta Kinteh Lower Basic School to accommodate grades 1 to 3.  This building project gave Emma the chance to become more hands-on.  She visited with a team in November who helped complete a toilet block, add a library and computer room to the new Primary School.  Many local organisations helped through donations including, Tycom, Cammach / Bryant recruitment, SSFA and M&H Carriers.  The exposure this visit received was amazing resulting in 140 of the 230 children within the school now being sponsored through Pandi’s program.

AQUASIGN create a charity fund each year as part of CSR commitment whereby a % of profits is distributed to elected charity. Given Emma’s passion it seemed fitting we could use part of the fund this to support her.  Our production team utilised our engraving equipment to produce colourful hands that were affixed in each class room using our KISS® fixing range to create trees with the children’s names on them. We also printed school t-shirts for every pupil to allow them to introduce dress down Friday.

Pandi’s legacy School in Ghana

Childrens Hands at Pandi’s legacy School in Ghana

Emma’s latest fund raiser is to help raise funds the school needs to maintain the buildings and increase the capacity. On 16th June she will be shaving her head at the Kunta Kinteh Family Fun Day taking place at the Black Abbot Montrose.

The Fun Day will have lots happening; local secondary school pupils will be taking part in a sponsored 5K fun run/walk. There will be plenty to keep kids and adults entertained with an inflatable obstacle course, sumo suits, games such as tug-o-war and loads of stalls offering face painting glitter tattoos, arts and crafts and loads more.  The raffle and auction prizes are growing everyday with certainly something for everyone from gym memberships to tattoo vouchers and hotel stays to signed football boots.

For Emma though the main event is the ladies head shave and men’s leg waxing – Emma will be shaving her head to raise funds for this project as well as donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust who provide wigs free of charge to children and young adults who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

We are calling upon customers, suppliers and business connections to get involved and support this project whether it be via the JustGiving page or contacting Emma direct @ emma.learmonth@aquasign.com as she is always on the lookout for school supplies no matter how big or small.

Pandi’s legacy School Collage

 

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