When we were asked by a young member of the Salvation Army to help fund her trek to the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru, we naturally said “yes” straight away.
The aim of the trek was to raise money to help communities in remote villages in Peru, which included the redecoration of a primary school. As well as making a financial contribution, we also wanted to make a practical donation to help the young pupils, most of whose families are too poor even to buy clothing or writing materials for school.
GCL sent over peaked caps and T-shirts, which the pupils have adopted as their unofficial uniform, as well as, hundreds of pens and pencils.
GCL’s Managing Director, Phil Cottrell said: “At GCL, we pride ourselves on scaling great heights, usually metaphorically, to meet the standards we set ourselves, but in this case, the school we helped was literally high up in the Andes, so you could say it was a tall order.”
“We were only too happy to support the Salvation Army in their efforts to make a real difference to this community. Our gifts were able to help these children in a practical way and the delight on their faces when they unwrapped the GCL goodies made it all worthwhile.”