December 7 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Get rummaging through your sheds, garages and lofts and dig out those old, unwanted tools.
That is the plea from churches in the Lowestoft area as they prepare to support efforts to help deprived communities around the world.
From Sunday, the Lowestoft Christian Men’s Network is organising a two week collection of hand tools and other vital equipment for the Ipswich-based Tools With A Mission project.
Nine churches in the town are supporting the project by collecting old or unwanted tools used in carpentry, motor mechanics, building and engineering – such as spades, saws, lathes, drills and planes.
The appeal is also looking for unwanted sewing and knitting machines and computers.
Once collected, the items will be sent to Tools With A Mission, which will refurbish and pack them before shipping them overseas to deserving communities where people can put them to good use.
Lloyd Armes, leader of the Lowestoft Christian Men’s Network, said: “This is the first time we have set up and organised something like this. There are nine churches involved.
“We want people to look through their garages, sheds and lofts for any unwanted tools they have so they can be sent overseas to enable people in other countries to help themselves, rather than just sending money.”
One of the churches in the network, London Road Baptist Church in Kirkley, has supported the tool collections for several years, picking up hundreds of items that have been recycled and re-used.
Alec Goldspink, from the Baptist church, said its worshippers had also been asked to provide some more unconventional items.
He said: “We had a request to find a dentist’s chair for someone in Romania, and after a few calls we found one. And we had to find a wedding dress for a person in South Africa – which we did.
“Tools With A Mission is all about helping people with their lifestyles. It is better than sending money abroad, as sometimes you hear the money does not reach the right places.”
The other churches involved are: Christ Church; St Mark’s in Oulton Broad; the Commodore Mission; St Michael’s in Oulton, St Benedict’s in Gunton; St Peter’s in Carlton Colville in St Margaret’s in Pakefield; and St Andrew’s in Roman Hill.
• Anyone who wants to donate can ring Mr Armes on 01502 587608 or email email@example.com. Mr Goldspink can also be contacted on 01502 566993.