Solihull businessman takes on charity Africa trip

Garry McDonald

Solihull local, Garry McDonald, and senior team members from leading housebuilder, Miller Homes, are continuing the company’s commitment to global development charity, Habitat for Humanity, by pledging to build even more ‘Habitat Homes’ in Malawi and support the charity’s WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programme.

Heading out to Africa, Miller Homes Procurement and Sustainability Director, Garry, will be joined by the company’s Chief Executive, Chris Endsor, and Production Director for Scotland, Andrew Fergusson.

They will be working alongside 12 Miller Homes suppliers and representatives from key national partners, including H&H UK, Ibstock Brick, Forterra Building Products Ltd, Tarmac Building Products, Baxi Heating, Rettig UK Ltd, Symphony Group, Travis Perkins, Egan Construction, D&S Joinery, Ideal Standard and the NHBC along with Habitat for Humanity’s Chief Executive, Tum Kazunga.

Since 2016, the national housebuilder, has raised over £300,000 for Habitat for Humanity and has built seven homes in Malawi.

During the trip in June, Garry (who is based at the housebuilder’s Derby office) and the group of volunteers will build a further three new homes for orphans and vulnerable children in Salima, Malawi. They will also be aiming to raise a further £30,000 to fund the building of a new bridge in Chikwawa district, allowing for the construction of vital sanitation facilities serving Mazongoza Primary School.

Commenting on the upcoming trip, Garry said: “We have a fantastic team joining us on the trip and I am so proud of my suppliers for their enthusiasm and commitment to taking part in this initiative and supporting our nominated charity, Habitat for Humanity.

“The long-term relationships we have established with our key stakeholders and corporate partners is incredibly important to us and this trip will further cement those relationships as we work together to make a real difference to some of those who need it most.”

Chief Executive at Habitat for Humanity, Tum Kazunga commented: “We are extremely grateful for Miller Homes’ ongoing support and also delighted that their partners are getting behind their goals this year for Habitat for Humanity.  It’s difficult to imagine the hardships that many of those we support face on a daily basis and this pledge to build new homes and fund vital facilities, which many of us take for granted, will have a massive impact on both the families and the wider community.”

To donate to the Miller Malawi Partnership, click here.