Stuck in transit: donations needed to help transport aid to poverty-stricken community in Zimbabwe

Bournemouth Echo: HELP: Rev Alan Clarredge who will be heading to Zimbabwe to distribute aid and supplies in the New Year HELP: Rev Alan Clarredge who will be heading to Zimbabwe to distribute aid and supplies in the New Year

AID donated by Poole parishioners that could save thousands of lives has been shipped to Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, to await distribution to poverty-stricken rural communities in the New Year.

The consignment, including medicines, water purification equipment and hospital blankets, has been organised by Poole charity Rivers of Living Water. However, more money is urgently needed to enable volunteers to transport it to the people who need it the most.

Charity founder Rev Alan Clarredge of Rossmore Gospel Church, Poole, will jet out to Harare for five weeks in January.

Mr Clarredge, who treated Zimbabwe’s first lady – Sally Francesca Hayfron – while working as a medical technician in Zimbabwe throughout the 1980s has been organising mercy missions to rural communities in the troubled African nation for years.

Speaking from his Muscliffe home, he told the Daily Echo: “We urgently need money for fuel and other expenses so we can distribute this aid, which is now waiting in storage in Harare.

“This aid is enough to save the lives of thousands of people.”

This year’s shipment includes five water treatment plants, which will enable Mr Clarredge to repair water purification systems at the main hospital in Bulawayo and to install new systems at three other rural locations.

“The hospital at Bulawayo is desperate for money,” he said.

“It’s roughly the same size as Poole Hospital but has only 500 American dollars in the bank.”

The reverend was last in Zimbabwe this February.

Since then parishioners from United Reformed churches across the south west, along with Rossmore Gospel Church and Daily Echo readers have donated hundreds of boxes of medicines and more than £14,000.

For information on the charity, including how to donate, visit: riversoflivingwater.co.uk

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1:10pm Thu 5 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

That's very kind and Christian of them.

It's a shame my attitude is they made their bed let them lie in it (they thought it was all lovely when they were killing and raping the 3rd generation white farmers who fed the country and then were allowed by the corrupt authorities - to make sure they got the votes - to steal the land which now lays untouched because they are too lazy to actually do any farming) and that charity begins at home.
That's very kind and Christian of them. It's a shame my attitude is they made their bed let them lie in it (they thought it was all lovely when they were killing and raping the 3rd generation white farmers who fed the country and then were allowed by the corrupt authorities - to make sure they got the votes - to steal the land which now lays untouched because they are too lazy to actually do any farming) and that charity begins at home. scrumpyjack

2:46pm Thu 5 Dec 13

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

I can't help thinking that any aid directed at the people of Zimbabwe would be better spent buying bullets to eradicate Mugabe and his henchmen who have consistently robbed the country of it's enormous natural wealth and driven the country and it's people into abject poverty while they have enjoyed a life of luxury.
I can't help thinking that any aid directed at the people of Zimbabwe would be better spent buying bullets to eradicate Mugabe and his henchmen who have consistently robbed the country of it's enormous natural wealth and driven the country and it's people into abject poverty while they have enjoyed a life of luxury. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth

4:36pm Thu 5 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Scrumpy i totally agree again.
Scrumpy i totally agree again. pete woodley

5:32pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Huey says...

The only aid they need is for us to kill Mugabe and run the country once more, Rhodesia thrived, Zimbabwe sinks.
Corruption and hyperinflation, murder and theft all rife.
These countries were oh so quick to kick us out, look at them now. Pathetic really.
The only aid they need is for us to kill Mugabe and run the country once more, Rhodesia thrived, Zimbabwe sinks. Corruption and hyperinflation, murder and theft all rife. These countries were oh so quick to kick us out, look at them now. Pathetic really. Huey

10:25pm Fri 6 Dec 13

AdamMichaels says...

Many of these regions in that part of the world are in need of some kind of water purification, and there have been quite a few efforts over the last year to try and resolve these issues. With continued effort, it will not be long before all areas of the world finally have a clean source of water to drink.
Many of these regions in that part of the world are in need of some kind of water purification, and there have been quite a few efforts over the last year to try and resolve these issues. With continued effort, it will not be long before all areas of the world finally have a clean source of water to drink. AdamMichaels

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