Falkirk women still doing it for Malawi

Mariot Dallas, Margaret Sinclair and Helen Robbie are driving forward a new campaign for Malawi
Mariot Dallas, Margaret Sinclair and Helen Robbie are driving forward a new campaign for Malawi

Three generations of Falkirk women who have been supporting education for Malawian girls for 20 years are celebrating the anniversary with a fundraising push.

Margaret Sinclair (85), her daughter Mariot Dallas (56) and Mariot’s daughter Helen Robbie (24) are direct decendants of Mamie Martin, a missionary’s wife and one of the founders of the fund bearing her name.

Since 1993, the charity and its partners have been raising awareness and funds to keep girls in the African country in education.

Now, for the 20th anniversary, the women have set themselves personal challenges to keep the work going.

Mariot said: “Secondary education for girls in Malawi is very important, making a huge difference to their lives.

“If they leave education early, they will likely marry and have children very young which will limit what they will do in life.

“Secondary education costs £200 a year in Malawi and many girls are not able to go to school because of poverty or family circumstances.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Malawi three times, and the need is great.

“What we are trying to do is encourage more donors through this year and our own personal challenges.”

Mariot and Helen have 10 challenges – including Helen’s 26-mile scooter ride round Edinburgh and Mariot’s mission to keep her desk ultra tidy – and both women are learning a new musical instrument.

Meanwhile Margaret, Mamie’s daughter, is working through her address book to appeal for more donors.

Helen said: “We’ve tried to step out of our comfort zones and really push ourselves, just like our Malawian partners have to do right through their education.”