Pupils hand over SKRUM cheque

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Michael Collinson, CEO of SKRUM, visited Marlborough for the Festival of Sport on Saturday 4th November. As part of his visit to the UK Michael was keen to meet up with the Marlborough College touring party who visited him in Swaziland during the Michaelmas half-term.

The boys, led by tour leader Marcus Sharrad, were pleased to host Michael on Thursday 9th November for lunch at the College. Through a range of fundraising activities the 12 Remove and Hundred boys were able to hand a cheque over to SKRUM for £2,871. Through their work at Mphini Primary School in rural Swaziland, this allowed the boys to not only fix over 50 desks, varnishing the tops and painting the bases; plant 39 fruit trees in the school's top field; remove over 30 broken windows, which were replaced with new glass by a glazier and re-paint 15 chalk boards in classrooms - but can now also contribute towards installing quality water harvesting equipment on all of the school's outbuildings to collect rainwater to process and drink.

Michael Collinson commented: "We re-visited Mphini last week to check how they were getting on and let them know that we would also be fitting the water harvesting equipment. The Headteacher burst into tears!"

Marcus Sharrad, Head of the Exercise & Sport Sciences department and tour leader, added: "This shows that our young people can make a difference. Mph ini Primary School has a long-lasting link to the boys and Marlborough College now - I am very proud of them.

"The fact that some of the Hundred boys have already realised that their gap year between Sixth Form and University will fall in 2021, the same year as the Lions' tour to South Africa, and are already planning to re-visit and work with SKRUM and travel across the country with the tour, speaks volumes of the impact this experience had on these young men."

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