Livingstone Volunteers 2017

A huge congratulations to all of those who were recipients of the Livingstone Volunteers 2017.

 

Following on from the success of the 2016 scheme, the Livingstone Volunteers 2017 was very much looking forward to consolidating the partnerships of previous years and forming new ones.

Overall, 39 applications were received for the 2017 scheme. Of these 39 applications, 31 applicants were awarded grants. Thirty were awarded the full £500 grants and one individual was awarded a £250 grant. That successful applicant was set to volunteer in Rwanda, which was not a current destination country of the scheme, but due to the success of the applicant has been made a destination country for the Livingstone Volunteers 2018. 

 

Our next steps for this partnership are fundraising to bring a group of the Zambian Mukonchi students and teachers over to Scotland and keep the connection flowing between both our new head teacher and theirs, who are enthusiastic about it.

Elgin High School, Livingstone Volunteers 2017

 

The 2017 scheme was able to award grants to young Scots volunteering in every eligible country. Four students from Elgin High School volunteered in Zambia, , an individual from the Elgin Youth Club Development Group went to South Africa, we were able to help the Malawi Young Leaders of Learning go to Malawi and students from Culloden Academy, in association with Vine Trust, reach their goal of volunteering in Tanzania. We were also delighted to be able to secure grants from our largest spread of volunteers, from the Highlands, down to Perth and Edinburgh, across to Glasgow, and on to Dumfries and Galloway.

 

 

Once again, Helen Keenan, Iain MacRitchie, and Jack McConnell sat as judges on the independent panel. Owen Kelly and Joanne Martin, a previous Livingstone Volunteer who sat on the panel as a youth judge, joined them. All of the judges were impressed by the high calibre of applications.

 

The 2017 Livingstone Volunteers came from more parts of Scotland and went to more parts of southern Africa. We are delighted that the scheme continues to attract such diverse interest and we hope all of the young people had life changing experiences that will stay with them forever. I am very grateful to our donors and our judges for helping to make these experiences happen.

Lord Jack McConnell, Founder of the McConnell International Foundation

 

The awards ceremony was held on Saturday 18th March 2017, in 200 SVS, and was attended by several of the 2017 Livingstone Volunteers along with members of their families. The awards ceremony was, like previous years, a great opportunity for the grant recipients to meet one another and previous Livingstone Volunteer alumni. Caitlin MacClatchey, former Commonwealth Gold Medallist, gave a though provoking and inspiring speech, and we are grateful to her for taking the time out to join us.

 

 

We are very grateful to those who continue to support and donate to the Livingstone Volunteers. These include: the Hunter Foundation, Iain MacRitchie, Rosemary Harley, 200 SVS, and Jack McConnell.

We also give a huge thanks to the Scottish Government for their generous support of the 2017 scheme.

Finally, a thank you to our supporters, Scotland Malawi Partnership, NIDOS, Young Scot, The Press and Journal, our alumni members and MIF Trustees for helping to make each year such a success.

 

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