Newsman's legacy to Africa's young


Emily Davies

WORK is due to begin on a Kenyan school, supported by local fundraisers including former Advertizer chief reporter, David Lawson.
The Kenyan Schools Project, led by Bill and Lynn Morris, aims to begin work on the eight-classroom project in Ukunda shortly.
News man David, pictured, raised £11,000 – enough to build and equip two classrooms – after he walked up Rodney’s Pillar on New Year’s Eve, while battling terminal cancer.
The 34-year-old lost his fight against the disease last month with his funeral held last Friday, but donations are still coming in.
Mr Morris said: “We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of Dave’s friends and family, it just goes to show what good friends and family he had and still has.
“Dave was always so happy to see how the Kenyan School Project was going, he was such a gent.
“And the amazing thing about all of this is that the school is going to be called Gud Run Academy and Dave was a runner,” he added.

Mr Morris said that photographs of the classrooms will be going on the ‘Friends of David Lawson’ Facebook page, so his family and friends can see the progress.
He continued: “We’re going to work on it one classroom at a time, but it’s a start.
“I’ve got the builders ready to start clearing the land soon, but we haven’t sent anything out yet to start building.”
Currently, the Kenyan Schools Project  is considering naming the classrooms Breidden after the hill Rodney’s Pillar is on and also because it was the ward David stayed on during his spell at the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury.
Mr Morris added: “When people see that they will know it’s Dave.”

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