Teachers take to the water

  •  Posted by SCIAF
  •  27 January 2015

Michael Rainey in Kayak

Michael Rainey, a teacher at St Peter the Apostle High in Clydebank loves to get out in his Kayak!


Last summer, along with five other teachers, he travelled to Ethiopia to see first-hand, people who are benefitting from projects that SCIAF support.


On his return, as well as writing articles for newspapers and looking to develop resources from the material that was collected on the trip, Michael set about planning a fundraising feat.


It was only natural that his passion for kayaking and SCIAF would come together and on the 29th of September, along with friend, Father Andrew McKenzie from St Joseph’s, Tollcross, they began their 23 mile paddle across the length of Loch Lomond!

Their amazing Feat raised over £5000 by using the online ‘Just giving’ site and from fundraising in the school.




The story doesn’t end here because another teacher caught the Kayaking bug and took to the water, this time on the Union canal between Edinburgh and Falkirk.


Mark Stephenson (pictured above sporting his Movember moustache), a teacher from St. Ninian's primary in Livingston, kayaked 26 miles along the Union Canal from Edinburgh to Falkirk on the 29th November 2014 to raise funds for SCIAF.


He too was inspired by a Teacher Immersion trip to Ethiopia which he took with us during the summer of 2014. Mark was so impressed with the SCIAF funded projects and the significant impact they were having that he was moved to do some fundraising when he returned to Scotland.


On a cold November day, even after falling into the water at one point, Mark completed the 26 mile route and raised over £1000!


A massive thank you to both Michael and Mark and their schools, what an achievement!


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