IN MEMORY OF ARTHUR WITH OUR THANKS
Now that the building work at the Tolstoy Centre, the home for Moldavian street children, is almost complete the CWUHA executive committee unanimously decided that the refurbishment, which was mainly financed by CWUHA supporters, should be dedicated to the memory of Arthur McGuinness.
Arthur was one of the original CWUHA supporters. He, with the help of John Hall, a CWUHA executive member, negotiated a superb deal with Ken Mabbett former head of Parcel Force. The deal involved the donation of a 7.5 vehicle from Parcel Force's fleet to CWUHA, the complete re-spraying and re-sign writing and the ongoing tax, insurance and maintenance of the vehicle.
On top of this he secured an agreement for the loan of extra vehicles, green card insurance, fuel cards and the release of personnel to take part in two, or sometimes three convoys a year. Without this agreement CWUHA would not have been able to operate as successfully over the last seven years.Many thousands of needy children have been helped as a result of Arthur's support.
A plaque supplied by CWU Head Quarters was formally presented to Arthur's family by Roger Jones CWUHA executive member. Pictured with Roger is Sally, Arthur's former partner, their daughter Connie and Sally's brother Peter Hain MP, Minister for Europe.
The plaque was then returned to Roger who will carry it in his vehicle on the September 2002 convoy to Chisinau Moldova, where it will be mounted on one of the walls of the Tolstoy Centre as a permanent tribute to Arthur, a true Humanitarian in every sense.