Mae wears two hats - she is a major player in the family business, and she is also the most active member of the charity - which arguably takes most of her time. Mae is constantly on the phone to individuals, organisations, local authorities etc.,to obtain both donations, and materials for the charity. She also makes the most trips out to The Gambia, and always tries to be there when a container is due, so that she can oversee the de-stuffing at the compound in Farafenni, our main distribution point. Mae is a very hands-on person, and at the moment she is very keen to generate more links between schools in the UK, and The Gambia. We all think that this is the way forward, and it will build a greater understanding between pupils, and appreciation of each others culture, and way of life. It is also hoped that the UK schools would be positive in their approach to the linking, and help the Gambian schools, similar to those listed in “School Links” and “Thank You”
Ivor has been with the charity since 2002, joining after Mae had given a talk to the Rotary Club Of Kidsgrove, where he was a member. Goes to The Gambia twice per year, usually about April, and November - has now actually made 26 trips. As well as the usual secretarial work, writing to donors and possible helpers, he accompanies Mae on the talks she gives, as well as doing some talks on his own. The charity is encouraging IT/Computer labs at a lot of the high schools, and he checks the computers which are donated, before shipping them out, to make sure they are working, and have clean hard drives. Ivor goes on collection runs with Mae, which can be anywhere in the country, and likewise does deliver runs in The Gambia. He also manages the website.
Jean is Mae’s sister, and has been very active with the charity since 2004. As well as being treasurer, jean also puts a lot of time packing items ready for loading into the containers. She has been out to The Gambia on a number of occasions, and has actually stayed over, when the rest have returned to the UK, in order to finish painting school classrooms, living on the premises for the duration.
Joe, and his wife Jean, have been family friends for many years, and Jean did make a fact-finding trip with Mae in the early days. Joe is involved with many of the collections, quite often driving the vehicles, and making collections from all over the UK, and does the work gladly. He is always on hand when the containers need loading, and like Mae and Ivor, has travelled all over The Gambia, on distribution runs. Joe has made 20+ visits so far.