Burns night ‘addresses’ child poverty in Africa

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Glad Cafe in Shawlands hosted a Burns night with a difference last Saturday.

The night raised more than £1,100 for the charity Classrooms for Malawi.

After their traditional three-course dinner which, of course, included haggis, neeps and tatties, the crowd were entertained by local musicians Sean McGhee, Katie Scott, Andy Stevenson and Erin Henderson who put a modern twist on some Burns’ classics.

Piper Joe Logan piped in the haggis which was addressed with dramatic flair by Katie Powers.

Guest speakers Paul Gallagher and Danny Cusick took the guests on a journey through some of Burns’ greatest works.

Andrew Vincent, treasurer for the charity, said: “It was a great night. The guests all enjoyed themselves immensely. The entertainment was amazing.

“Most importantly, we raised a significant amount of money that will be put directly towards Classrooms for Malawi’s building and renovation projects.”

The charity works to relieve poverty in some of the poorest communities in Africa, building or improving infrastructure at places of education.

Mr Vincent added: “We believe education is the best and most sustainable route out of poverty for some of the world’s poorest communities.

“The devastating floods which have ravaged Malawi in the past few weeks have claimed around 200 lives and displaced about 200,000.

“Our work has never been more vital. We are currently a completely voluntary organisation but, in the past two years we, in conjunction with other partners, have built or renovated 44 classrooms, and 2015 is set to be another busy and exciting year.

“My thanks to all the guests, entertainment who performed free of charge and the staff at the Glad Cafe for all their help.”