Tools needed to help young people in Africa

Some of the young people in Uganda who are supported by Amigos with tools that have previously been donated by RGB customers
Some of the young people in Uganda who are supported by Amigos with tools that have previously been donated by RGB customers

RGB Building Supplies is once again joining forces with south west-based charity Amigos to invite customers and members of the local community to donate preloved tools, which will go on to be used by young people in Africa.

For the past 13 years, Amigos has been providing vocational learning opportunities in Uganda including training in carpentry and building techniques and apprenticeships. The training helps young people gain vital employment to help support themselves and their families.

Between Monday February 3 and Tuesday March 31, carpentry and building tools, which can be used by the young people in their training, can be dropped into the collection bags at RGB’s branches. Amigos will then arrange for the donations to be collected, repaired and shipped to Africa.

Phil Pugsley, chief executive officer of Amigos, said: “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to partner with RGB and their wonderful customers again. Please do not underestimate the value of a simple act of kindness to change lives, because that is what the giving of tools through this campaign is helping to bring about for young Ugandans. They already have the ‘heart’, Amigos gives them the training, and the local community can provide the tools, which together will help lift those we work with, their families and communities out of poverty.”

Kevin Fenlon, chief executive officer of RGB, added: “We were overwhelmed by the response and the generous donations made following our previous plea, and we’re delighted to be working with Amigos again. This time the Tools for Africa appeal is specifically focusing on gathering carpentry and building tools, and we’d like to thank everyone who donates.”

Visit RGB’s website to view a list of tools that are suitable for donation.