A SPECIAL charity concert being held by popular Lumphinnans’ vocalist, Carly Schiavone, will boost Cowdenbeath Rotary Club’s project to create a vocational education centre at a school in Kenya.

The Cowdenbeath rotarians are close to fulfilling their commitment to meet their targeted share of funds that will trigger the release of £3,600 of a Matching Grant from Rotary District 1010.

The club pledged to raise funds to build a Vocational Education Centre in the community township of the Eldorit district in Kenya, after a Zoom meeting between a club member and a local minister in Eldorit.

The total cost of the ' Shalom ' Project is £7,200 and the Cowdenbeath Club is holding a 'final-push' fundraiser on Friday March 4 in their usual meeting venue - Wee Jimmies function lounge, on Cowdenbeath High Street, from 7.30pm till midnight.

The club’s international convener, Tom Russell, told the club's recent meeting: “Popular local professional vocalist and entertainer, Carly Schiavone, has generously offered to host an evening of entertainment, live music, fun and games, to help the club meet our targeted sum.

“Admission tickets are £5 and we will also hold a raffle and other fundraising activities, with novelty games during the evening”.

Hank John,the club member who has been co-ordinating the project, which will see the education centre created at the Shalom school in Eldorit, explained that while the target of £7,200 may not sound a massive sum in UK terms, it would allow a sizeable building to be built at Shalom school, which does not have a lot of facilities.

He said: “The buildings the school is housed in, are rather inadequate and it was felt, in discussion with local minister, Pastor Joseph, that we could perhaps help a new education centre building to be created.

“There are 120 pupils taught at Shalom, by 12 teachers, and it was thought that a vocational centre teaching things like carpentry and sewing and tailoring, along with a kitchen, would be a massive boost to the pupils and staff.

“£7,200 may not sound like a large total in UK terms but in Kenya it will create a very useful facility.”

The club has around £6,400 raised for the project so Carly’s excellent gesture can go a long way to completing the funding.