Char­ity grate­ful for sup­port

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS - Sharon Lip­trott

Young­sters from churches and or­gan­i­sa­tions across Dum­friesshire took part in the an­nual Chris­tian Aid art com­pe­ti­tion.

Their works went on dis­play at the char­ity’s cof­fee morn­ing held at The Usual Place com­mu­nity café on Satur­day and win­ning young­sters were awarded prizes by the Rev­erend Bill McKen­zie.

The com­pe­ti­tion had fo­cused on the plight of refugees around the world. Chil­dren in schools, Sun­day schools and other groups, in­clud­ing Girl Zone at the Bap­tist Church, were asked to imag­ine they had to leave home sud­denly and de­cide what they would take with them and what spe­cial item they would not leave be­hind. Then, the chil­dren were asked to draw a pic­ture of that spe­cial item.

Or­gan­iser Joan Wright said: “As ever the stan­dard was high with the young­sters demon­strat­ing their art skills, un­der­stand­ing of Chris­tian Aid’s work and sym­pa­thy with those in need.

“There were many prac­ti­cal items on the lists for ex­am­ple tents, food and wa­ter, money, clothes and first aid kits. In terms of the spe­cial notto-be-for­got­ten item as ex­pected we had ted­dies and pets but also fam­ily photos, watches, bibles and even a chem­istry set and a Ru­bik’s cube.”

The cof­fee morn­ing brought to­gether all of Dum­fries’ churches to raise money for Chris­tian Aid’s de­vel­op­ment projects and emer­gency re­lief for peo­ple in great need.

Peo­ple popped in over the two hours to en­joy a tea or cof­fee and home bak­ing.

And they browsed the crafts, gifts, cake and candy, china and glass, toys, books and plant stalls. Fair­trade goods from Traid­craft were on sale and there was the op­por­tu­nity to find out more about Chris­tian Aid’s work over­seas and cam­paign­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Usual Place is host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion this week photos of Chris­tian Aid’s work in Bo­livia.

Ali­son Wright, con­vener of the Dum­fries com­mit­tee, said: “We are very grate­ful for the sup­port lo­cally.”

Well done Chris­tian Aid art com­pe­ti­tion win­ners pic­tured re­ceiv­ing their prizes from the Rev­erend Bill McKen­zie Help­ing hands Bar­bra Reade serves up cakes and scones Tak­ing a break El­iz­a­beth Weir and Moira Aitken Book stall Lau­rence McNaught and Richard Reade were kept busy

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