Fund-raiser for African charity

Ashley during her previous visit to Malawi
Ashley during her previous visit to Malawi

The Caledonian Bar will this Sunday host a fund-raiser for African charity Love Support Unite, organised by local supporter Ashley McKean.

Love Support Unite Africa Foundation raises money to feed, educate and care for the 34 girls in the Tilinanu Orphanage, Malawi as well as organise outreach projects such as malaria testing and school building.

Ashley travelled to Malawi in April this year with the charity where she worked with two young brothers, one of whom had been affected by early childhood meningitis which arrested his hearing and speech development.

Ashley worked on teaching the brothers, along with their mum, some Makaton sign language to improve communication skills. Along with other volunteers, Ashley took part in a medical outreach project to test and treat villagers for malaria.

Money she had raised with the support of friends, family and local businesses contributed towards the beginning of two businesses for local Malawian women, providing them with their own income and allowing them to improve their business skills.

Ashley hopes to return to Malawi in July next year to build a nursery to educate young children and on Sunday a group of around 10 men will take part in a sponsored wax to help fund this project.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the event will also include music by local band Cherry Bombz Unplugged.

Elaine Davidson, who will lead the waxing, works as a beauty therapist at Radiant Looks Salon in Letham which has previously supported the charity. Salon manager Jane Alexander hosted a ladies night in the salon which raised money towards Ashleys first visit.

Further information can be found on the charity’s website at and sponsorship or donations can be made at or by e-mailing Ashley at