Donate your unwanted tools

Sat 28th May 2016 at 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

The Rotary Club of Thame collected filled up a van with lots of unwanted tools from the local public who checked their sheds and lofts and brought their old tools in the main car park of Thame near the Market House.

Every year the Rotary Club of Thame runs a collection point for unwanted tools. These are then taken to 'Tools for Self Reliance' collection centre in Milton Keynes. The latter are a charity which refurbishes them and sends them to NGO's in Africa. The NGO's then distributes them FREE to men and women which helps them to obtain work.

All of the tools sent to Africa are used to provide training and equip trainees with their own start up kits to set up their own businesses after completing training not only in their chosen trade, but in business management, financial, and life skills.

One such trainee is Richard from Malawi. Richard was unable to complete his education but since learning to be a tailor, and receiving additional training in business and life skills, financial planning, and health awareness, his life has been transformed. He received a start-up kit to establish his own tailoring business, and his monthly income has now doubled as a result. Richard has used the additional income to purchase goats, a new house for his family with an iron sheet roof, and most importantly for him, pay school fees for his children - making sure that they get the education he missed out on is Richard's priority.

Items which can be collected include sewing machines, tools used for plumbing, carpentry, metalworking, building, bicycle repair, shoe repair, car repair. No garden tools are accepted.

The event was featured by , Mix96 FM , BBC Radio Oxford, Freestyle Magazine, Chinnor Pump and Thame Gazette .

More photos are available on our Facebook page.

Photo: courtsey of Tools for Self Reliance - the charity.

(ALL fields required)

(If you are a Rotarian, please name your club.)