City man Ian helping bring education to Uganda

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A city managing director will be hoping he doesn’t get too ‘tyred’ as he embarks on a mission to bring education and aid to thousands in Uganda.

Ian Grant, head of Just Tyres, is hoping to bring opportunity to children in Kampala, courtesy of a comprehensive education programme that will train adults to teach youngsters basic numeracy and literacy skills.

He made his latest trip in September, where he also pursued plans to create a partnership between Just Tyres and the Kampala Children’s Centre, which provides clothing, food and housing to disadvantaged children.

Motorists will soon be asked to donate £1 towards the cause bring at Just Tyres’ network of centres and leading tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has already donated T-shirts and caps for the children.

And if that wasn’t enough, the 54 year-old – who has already donated some of his own money to the country in recent months - is also exploring a separate project with a school in the slums of Kampala, in an attempt to create more opportunity.

He said: “I initially went over to Kampala with my two teenage children to give them a taste of reality and show them what life is like for other people.

“With no iPads or mobile phones out there, it provides a sense of perspective, not least when you see children trying to find a meal for the day.

“I saw a synergy between the environment and Just Tyres, with a strong emphasis on the word ‘justice’. As a brand, we pride ourselves on being fair and good to our customers.

“I guess this venture is a big extension on the whole principle and my latest trip last month was extremely successful. It has been great to receive the backing of Bridgestone too, who have been big supporters of the project for some time.”

“Whilst visiting a school in the slums I was told that it only takes £2,000 to provide a meal a day to 850 Ugandan children for a year. That statistic staggered me and instilled a lot of desire to make a difference somehow.”

For more information about donating to Ian and Just Tyres’ Kampala Children’s Centre project, visit www.justtyres.co.uk/kampala-charitable-giving