Bearsden woman reaches out to our friends in Malawi

Killermont Church Hall, Rannoch Drive, Bearsden. Christine Cavanagh for Girls Night out on Friday'Kids with some pictures of the kids they are sponsoring'2/10/11'Photo Emma Mitchell
Killermont Church Hall, Rannoch Drive, Bearsden. Christine Cavanagh for Girls Night out on Friday'Kids with some pictures of the kids they are sponsoring'2/10/11'Photo Emma Mitchell

A MUM of two from Bearsden, who runs a number of nursery schools across Glasgow, wasn’t satisfied with just caring for children in her own country - so she has started sponsoring 20 children in Malawi.

Christine Cavanagh (50), who runs Step-by-Step Private Nurseries, is sponsoring the youngsters through international children’s charity World Vision UK.

Mrs Cavanagh said: “It’s so important to me that children have the chance of a safe childhood and a bright future, no matter where they are born. That’s why I want my business to help children both at home and in other countries.”

The support from Christine’s business will help ensure the children she sponsors and their communities have access to education, clean water, healthcare and other essentials to allow them to develop a sustainable and better future for themselves.

She chose to sponsor in Malawi because of the strong historic links the country has with Scotland.

She said: “Many of the children and families I work with already have Malawi on their radar, so it seemed natural to build even stronger relationships.

“I hope the families who use the nurseries will form relationships with the sponsored children and that it will be a great way for everyone to learn more about other countries.”

As well as sponsoring through World Vision, Mrs Cavanagh is part of the team arranging for the charity’s celebrity show Girls’ Night Out at Killermont Parish Church Hall, Bearsden on Friday October 5 doors open at 7pm and the event runs from 7.30 to 10pm.

Girls’ Night Out is fronted by vocal coach to the stars Carrie Grant, who shot to fame on TV talent show Pop Idol and is also a regular presenter on The One Show.

It also features a stand-up set from female comic Jo Enright.

Mrs Cavanagh said: “I can’t wait to hear Carrie and Jo’s stories about their lives and World Vision’s work, which they have seen first-hand.

“I hope the women who come along to Girls’ Night Out will be as inspired to support the charity as I am.”

Girls’ Night Out tickets are £7 on the door, or £5 in advance plus a booking fee.

Tickets are selling fast so it is recommended to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

To buy tickets online visit www.ticketline.co.uk or call 0844 888 9991.