Two members of staff at the opticians in Kirkintilloch are set to volunteer aboard The Phelophepa Train of Hope in South Africa this year.

Volunteering in South Africa

Drew McCallum and Anisah Zahid will be volunteering in the train’s eye clinic during their two week trip. Anisah will be making the journey to South Africa to volunteer in July and Drew in September.

The optometry students, who work part-time at the local Specsavers opticians, have enlisted the help of their colleagues in raising the combined £1,500 needed for both to make the trip.

Sponsored walk in support of duo

Neil Drain, store director at Specsavers in Kirkintilloch, said: ‘We’re all very proud of Drew and Anisah for to help those in need in South Africa. I’m sure it will be an unforgettable experience for them both.

'We hope our sponsored cycle will help contribute a healthy amount towards covering the cost of the trip and we’d like to urge anyone from the area who wants to lend their support to pop into the store to donate.’

Staff at the store will be taking part in a sponsored cycle from the store to The Kelpies in Falkirk in support of the duo on 30 May.

The Phelophepa Train of Hope operates two unique trains which serve as mobile healthcare hospitals, bringing much needed medical and educational services to impoverished rural areas of South Africa.

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