Coffee morning is still a real global lifesaver

Pilot Adrian Rose in northern Kenya
Pilot Adrian Rose in northern Kenya

The organiser of an event which raises money to transport medical treatment to people in remote parts of the world is hanging up his hat.

Husband and wife team, David and Pamela Buchan, have held a coffee morning for 16 years at Bearsden Baptist Church to raise cash for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).

MAF transports doctors and medicine to indigenous people living in areas of the world where transportation or communication is difficult.

David, a former pilot, said: “The event will continue - it’s just going to be run by different people now as I’m getting a bit long in the tooth!

“I’ve not fallen out of love with this cause - MAF is a brilliant organisation which has saved many lives over the years.

“They fly to more airfields than British Airways and transport many charity workers such as Save The Children to isolated parts of the developing world.

“There are some amazing stories about MAF’s work.

“One man who is now on the board of the charity got involved because they saved his life when he was a young boy living in Africa.

“He developed cerebral malaria and was flown from the remote area of Chad to Nairobi for treatment.

“He is very grateful to MAF and wanted to help them as a way of saying thanks.”

Bearsden Baptist Church has supported MAF for many years and has previously raised money for Scottish families serving overseas. Its annual fair attracts more than 400 people. Visitors will have the chance to browse among the various stalls selling everything from bedding plants, to books, home baking, games and toys, ladies fashion and face painting.

MAF flight simulators will be available so that budding pilots can test their skills and experience what it’s like to fly an MAF plane. Budding strikers can also try to ‘Beat the Goalie’

This year’s event is going to be held on Saturday, May 10 from 10am to 12.30pm in Bearsden Baptist Church, Roman Road. All money raised will go to MAF’s ‘Fuel for Life Campaign.’ For information about MAF go to