Montrose men helping to build Kenyan homes

Darren is helping build homes in Kenya
Darren is helping build homes in Kenya

Two Montrose men are hard at work helping to build homes for Kenyan families, building in 40 degree heat and at 2400 feet.

Darren Cocker and Paul McDonald flew out earlier this month to help charity Gathimba Edwards Foundation to build five new homes for families in Iten, a town in Elgeyo-Marakwet County of Kenya.

Supplies to start building the homes

Supplies to start building the homes

Prior to his arrival in Kenya, Darren took part in the Great Scottish Run on October 2 in Glasgow to raise money for the charity. He also ran competitions in Montrose to help raise money for the cause. A lucky squares competition was held in the Black Abbot and the Market Arms. Graeme Dempster won the Black Abbot competition, and the Market Arms one was won by Danny Begg.

Speaking after his 10k, Darren said: “Thanks to Lock and Rolls sponsor of the prizes, it raised £125 for the charity. Thanks to all that took part and helped. My 10k time was 50.33.”

Prior to flying to last Friday, he had raised over £1000 on his total giving page.

Now in Kenya, the build didn’t get off to the best of starts, with 20 bags stuck in Paris instead of with the volunteers on site. Darren said: “Luckily we were able to get one of the charity workers from Kenya to stay at the airport and allow the volunteers to get our internal flight; he drove 10 hours through the night to allow work to start at 7am. Day one of the build has gone great and we have managed to build the frames and put preservative on three of the houses so we are way ahead.

“We are all in high spirits and confident we will complete the job, which is very difficult in 40 degree heat and at an altitude of 2400 feet.”

Gathimba Edwards Foundation plans on organising projects every October and is calling for people to get involved. For more information visit gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org. Donations can be made via www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/gathimba-edwards-foundation.