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School cash for Malawi youngsters

Jack McConnell at St Bernadette's Primary School in Tullibody
Mr McConnell visited pupils at St Bernadette's after they raised 1,100

Former First Minister Jack McConnell has visited primary school children in Tullibody after they raised money for youngsters in Malawi.

Pupils at St Bernadette's forged a link with Nankhwala Catholic School in Monkey Bay three years ago after being visited by a priest from the country.

Mr McConnell, who will become the UK's High Commissioner to Malawi in 2009, collected 1,100 from the children.

Malawi is among the world's poorest countries with a million HIV sufferers.

Mr McConnell was first minister from November 2001 until last May's elections.

Pupils at St Bernadette's raised the money from running events and by selling health food.

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