Afternoon Tea with the First Lady of Malawi, Edinburgh City Chambers

Sarah’s blog 2/11/21

I was very honoured to have been asked to attend an afternoon tea with Her Excellency, the First Lady of Malawi, Monica Chakwera and ladies of the diaspora. The event was hosted by Scotland Malawi Partnership and The Association of Malawians In Scotland. There was a presentation and the First Lady spoke about her charity ‘Shaping Our Future Foundation’ and her early life. There were other speakers and an interesting talk by Dr Emily Broadis on the burns project she set up at the hospital she worked at whilst living in Malawi.

Unfortunately, due to the event running over and having to collect my son, I had to leave before the group photo was taken, but did have chance to give The First Lady of Malawi information on the work we are doing at Changing Lives Malawi to support The William Stewart Foundation. I also gave her some of our charity cards from original paintings by one of our trustees, Christine Cresswell (my talented mum).

Thank you to Joyce Juma-Phiri, CEO of Fair Trade Scotland and head of The Association of Malawians in Scotland, for inviting me as one of her guests. It was such a special afternoon and I met some lovely people. Thanks for reading, Sarah x

first photo: The First Lady of Malawi, Monica Chakwera

second photo: Afternoon Tea at the City Chambers, Edinburgh (I am sitting in front of the fireplace)

third photo: group photo

fourth photo: me on my way to the event

fifth photo: flags flying outside The City Chambers, Edinburgh (the red carpet was out too)