Charity grateful for support
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