Billy Riordon Memorial Trust
Billy Riordan Memorial Trust (BRMT)
The Trust is a small Irish registered charity totally dependent on donations from generous individuals and non-donor organisations. They have provided a medical lifeline to the remote community of Cape Maclear, Malawi for the past eleven years. In addition to a General Medical Clinic, where they see on average 100 patients per day, they also provide a HIV/ Aids clinic treating 1,400 patients with antivirals each month. In the absence of any Government services, their clinic is the only medical care available in the area. The local community of 15,000 people depend on their presence.
Having heard of the Trust’s work through Dr Ian Davy, a golfing pal of our Chairman Duncan Robertson; Duncan proposed we add the Trust to the growing number of humanitarian causes the Fellowship supports. Ian sent this message through to us today.
“I was a GP in an Edinburgh city centre practice for over 31 years and retired in August of last year. I had always been interested in doing some have humanitarian work before I finally retired fully. This stemmed from a number of reasons. The popular notion of ” giving something back” after a lifetime of working in a prosperous community. My late father and mother were great humanitarians; my father founding the Corrymeela community in Northern Ireland. The BRMT is providing essential heath care for literally “the poorest of the poor” as Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with a shockingly high infant mortality and life expectancy. I felt wherever little I can offer will be more than the they have at the moment. The BRMT was founded by Mags Riordan in memory of her son Billy who sadly drowned in Lake Malawi in 1999. It is funded entirely by charitable donations and run by volunteers who provide 24 hours cover for this remote community.
I would again like to sincerely thank the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland for their ongoing support for this most worthy project.”