Maths lesson in Sopani classroom block
Classroom Blocks built by MACS around Malawi are now being used, including this one at Sopani.
St Luke's Operating Theatre
One of the operating theatres in the new block at St Luke's Hospital, Malosa is now fully equipped and in use..
Why MACS has changed
Tony Cox, Chair of MACS explains why MACS has changed into MACS CIO.
We live in a litigious world. Until very recently I was being sued over a magazine I edited where, 9 years ago, I had printed a picture without acknowledging copyright. Last week I spoke to a friend whose charity – and thereby whose trustees – had been forced into a £30,000 pay-out over the injury to a spectator at a charity rugby match. Another friend had been forced to pay £40,000 after a former employee of the charity had taken them to an industrial tribunal. And I know of a Parochial Church Council that has been taken to court over an injury to a bell ringer. Until very recently all charity trustees and members of PCCs were personally liable for any debts or lawsuits incurred by their organization and it was becoming more and more difficult to recruit trustees who were willing to take these risks. Increasingly trustees were being chosen for their wealth not their wisdom.
Under these circumstances, in 2013 the Charity Commission in England and Wales introduced a new form of charity known as a Charitable Incorporated Organization (CIO) under which trustees no longer have any personal liability. Charities have been encouraged to convert to a CIO with a new constitution based on a model provided by the Charity Commission. Over 17,000 charities have already made the change.
MACS has now followed this path. With the approval of our supporters, we have set up a new charity known as the Malawi Association for Christian Support CIO, registered charity number 1188309.
The constitution of MACS CIO has exactly the same aims as the constitution of MACS and retains the obligation to report its finances and charitable activities to its supporters on an annual basis. It is also obliged to consult supporters on ways of developing the work of the Association. However, it does remove trustees from any personal liability and brings our constitution in line with modern methods, for example over making decisions by email or tele-conferencing. It also limits formal membership to the trustees alone who are solely responsible for decision-making.
We have opened a new bank account and are gradually transferring funds to MACS CIO. Please take the opportunity to change the details on you Standing Orders so that MACS CIO can continue its work on behalf of the people who make Malawi the Warm Heart of Africa. (click here)
It’s simple. All you have to do is to click on the link below and register Malawi Association for Christian Support as the charity of your choice. Then proceed to do your shopping via the Easyfundraising website. Once you’ve paid for your goods, you will receive a notification saying how much has been given to MACS. This will then be credited to our account.
You can also download the easyfundraising app to your phone.
So far we have raised over £1000 for MACS and could raise much more. Only 35 people have so far registered their support for MACS. You could be the next one!
Golden Wedding fund raiser
On the 19th August 2022 MACS trustee Richard and his wife Wylva will be celebrating 50 years of marriage. They don’t want presents or cards but would ask you to help MACS support the education of children in Malawi by sponsoring them to
return to 1972!
Starting on the 1st July they intend to live as they did in when they got married in 1972 for 50 days. They will lock away their mobile phones, i-pad and computer. The will turn off their modem and will not watch the television. As far as possible they will not use credit or debit cards.
For the past 8 years Richard has been joined at the hip to his i-pad and watching sport on the tv has taken hours of his time, going cold turkey on this is going to be difficult for him and Wylva will have to contend with a grumpy/sportless old husband who has lost his best friend!!!
If you would like to make a donation CLICK on the link below:
more than £2500 raised for education projects
Thank you to those who supported Richard and Wylva