MILNGAVIE woman walking Speyside Way for amputees in India

Christine Donald (64) and Lakshmi Iyer from India.'Photo Emma Mitchell'21/7/11
Christine Donald (64) and Lakshmi Iyer from India.'Photo Emma Mitchell'21/7/11

A GLOBE-TROTTING Milngavie woman is hoping to raise more the £3000 for amputees in India.

Christine Donald is due to finish the gruelling 80 mile (130km) Speyside Way today (Thursday) with a friend she met at Strathclyde University 15 years ago - Lakshmir Iyer, who was a student, but now works for a business in India encouraging inward investment from British Industry.

All funds raised from the walk will go to The Mukti Project - which means freedom in Hindi.

The 64-year-old, who has worked for Strathclyde University since 1986, is now their international recruitment advisor in the Faculty of Engineering and has forged strong links between the project and the university department who advise and design prosthetic and orthotic products.

They also send student engineers out to the project to give them a different perspective on how technology can be used on the ground.

It was as part of her worldwide travels on behalf of the university that Christine learnt about the Mukti Project in Chennnai.

She said: “We have a national centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University and when I went to India, I visited the Project and was very impressed with what I saw.

“Here at the university we do a lot of research into prosthetics and make artificial limbs.

“Although what we do is high tech, we are trying to assist them with modern equipment and techniques.

“They deal with about 30 patients a day who have lost limbs and we are helping them by putting our money where our mouth is.”

The Mukti project has been running for about 20 years and many of the amputees have lost limbs following road accident, diabetes and leprosy.

Christine said: “I really feel that technology is the root to helping people out of poverty.”