Moneymore Churches come together to fund bridge in Africa

Jim Atkinson presents a cheque to Maud Kells on behalf of the Presbyterian Churches in Moneymore and their friends to finance the construction of a bridge in Africa.
Jim Atkinson presents a cheque to Maud Kells on behalf of the Presbyterian Churches in Moneymore and their friends to finance the construction of a bridge in Africa.
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The First and Second Moneymore Presbyterian Churches have been on a fundraising ‘mission’ over the summer months to raise money to fund a bridge in Africa.

The churches have been fundraising to help local missionary nurse Maud Kells, who is stationed in Mulita in the Democratic Republic of Congo to oay for a bridge across a dangerous river.

Missonary Nurse Maud Kells pictured receiving a cheque for �10,000 from Jim Atkinson on behalf of the Moneymore Presbyterian Churches and friends.

Missonary Nurse Maud Kells pictured receiving a cheque for �10,000 from Jim Atkinson on behalf of the Moneymore Presbyterian Churches and friends.

At present, the only way across the river is by traversing a tree trunk near to Maud’s station.

Thanks to the great efforts and generosity of the Church members and friends an amazing sum of £10,000 was raised for Maud to take back with her.

A sponsored walk in Drum Manor Forest during bad weather conditions in August formed part of the fundraising.

Maud was guest speaker at morning service in Moneymore recently where she reported on her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Following the service Maud was presented with a cheque for £10,000 by Jim Atkinson who co-ordinated the fundraising effort.

Maud expressed her sincere thanks to everyone who gave so generously.

She leaves Northern Ireland this month amd hopes a German Construction firm will carry out the work to build the bridge.

Any funds left over from the fundraising will be used towards the ongoing Primary School Project in Africa.