South Coast Vistage Group get stuck into charitable work in Uganda
Nathan Aspin (MD), along with his Vistage group, has recently completed some rewarding charitable work in southern Uganda.
The trip was organised by Chris Read, a fellow Vistage member. Chris had visited Uganda earlier this year, and was inspired to not only sponsor various community projects, including the setting up of a Music School, but also to return with his Vistage group.
The first five days were spent in the village of Nkuringo, where the group helped the local villagers install three water tanks. Clothing was also distributed to the community – various members of the group had amassed several hundred kilos of clothing to take out to Uganda with them (with the kind co-operation of Kenya Airways), which were received with great appreciation. Selina Russell had also managed to use her contacts in the baby/nursery sector to gather a wide variety of useful childcare products, something she aims to continue with, going forward. The group also spent time at a local school and were treated to plenty of singing and entertainment.
Whilst in Nkuringo the group also took the opportunity to trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, meeting some of the local gorilla population and play a football match against the Nkuringo Trekkers 1st XI.
The final two days were spent in Kisoro, where amongst other activities the group visited a local orphanage (www.pottersvillage.org.uk). Now back in the UK, the group is investigating various ways that they can continue supporting this organisation.
The members of the Vistage group who travelled with Nathan to Uganda are from various businesses across the south coast:
Chris Read, CEO of Dunstan Thomas (www.dthomas.co.uk) Colin Merecki, MD of Collate (www.collate.co.uk) Dan Hook, MD of ASV Unmanned Marine Systems (www.asvglobal.com) Neil Wilkie, Vistage Group Chairman (www.vistage.co.uk) Rob Shaw, CEO of RBS Scaffolding (www.rbsscaffolding.co.uk) Selina Russell, MD of Cheeky Rascals (www.cheekyrascals.co.uk)