Malawi container lorry (postponed from 2020)

8th March 2021

Except for last year when COVID interrupted plans, for the last 16 years, a container lorry has taken items donated by people in Birmingham from here to Malawi. This year the lorry is to be loaded on Saturday 12 June. The address for loading and instructions for accessing the site will be announced nearer the time.

People in Malawi value many items being sent, including children`s clothing and shoes (and sometimes adult clothing and shoes also), any books written in English, stationery, basic first aid, materials, sewing machines, footballs and simple children`s games/toys, lap tops and sturdy bicycles. To avoid attracting customs` duties, however, most of these items should be second hand. 

To send the lorry, the cost to Birmingham Diocese will work out at approximately £6 per cubic foot. Any contributions towards this cost from those sending items or from any others will be gratefully appreciated. If individuals wish not only to donate but also to gift aid their donation, better still! People will be able to make contributions on 12 June itself (and also to sign gift aid forms) but can also make them by emailing the Finance team.

To avoid running out of space on the lorry we do ask people who wish to use the container to contact Denese Ryan and to book their required cubic feet of space by 20 May. When space is booked, Denese will give out instructions for 12 June including labels, forms, codes and, eventually, timings.

People may choose to send items to particular people, places or organisations in Malawi - in which case they will need to specify their chosen recipients to Denese. Alternatively, if people do not have any particular recipients in mind, they should inform Denese and she and the Task Group will then consider suitable recipients.

The items on the container lorry bring great joy to our brothers and sisters in Malawi every year. Please do consider contributing! If you have any questions the Revd Paul Bracher will be happy to assist

Thank you from

The Malawi Task Group