Golden cel­e­bra­tions for Catholic char­ity

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A Scot­tish char­ity which be­gan life in a Ruther­glen church is set to mark it’s 50th an­niver­sary with a se­ries of cèilidhs across the coun­try.

The Scot­tish Catholic In­ter­na­tional Aid Fund (SCIAF) be­gan its work at St Colum­bkille’s in 1965.

It has gone on to raise £65mil­lion for good causes across the world.

A spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion mass, led by Bishop of Mother­well Joseph Toal, re­tired Bishop of Aberdeen Peter Moran and Arch­bishop of St An­drews and Ed­in­burgh, Leo Cush­ley was held at St Colum­bkille’s in Fe­bru­ary to mark the golden an­niver­sary.

It was at­tended by First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, as well as then Scot­tish Labour leader Jim Mur­phy.

Ms Stur­geon said: “From a small class­room in Ruther­glen in 1965, it has be­come a sig­nif­i­cant force for good in the world, giv­ing prac­ti­cal help like seeds and farm tools so peo­ple can grow food and sup­port them­selves.”

From hum­ble begin­nings and with just £8000, the char­ity now gives emer­gency aid and prac­ti­cal long term sup­port to mil­lions of peo­ple af­fected by hunger, poverty, war and dis­as­ters.

And they now want peo­ple to put their best feet for­ward in Glas­gow at 7pm on Satur­day Septem­ber 19 at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Chan­cel­lor Street.

The fun night will bring SCIAF’s Glas­gow sup­port­ers and staff to­gether for an en­joy­able and en­er­getic evening of mu­sic, dance, food and drinks.

There will also be a raf­fle, games and face paint­ing for the kids.

The an­niver­sary events will raise es­sen­tial funds to al­low SCIAF to con­tinue its work in help­ing peo­ple to work their way out of poverty in some of the poor­est coun­tries in the world.

Other cèilidhs are be­ing held in Ed­in­burgh and Aberdeen and the char­ity has pro­duced Cèilidh Packs to help parishes in other ar­eas to run their own.

SCIAF’s Di­rec­tor Alis­tair Dut­ton said: “Our an­niver­sary cèilidh is go­ing to be lots of fun for all the fam­ily and a great way for us to bring our won­der­ful sup­port­ers in Glas­gow to­gether for a night of danc­ing and en­ter­tain­ment.

“There’ll be some great raf­fle prizes that peo­ple have do­nated, live mu­sic, games for the chil­dren and a cheap bar.

“So, get your fam­ily and friends to­gether and let’s mark this im­por­tant an­niver­sary year for SCIAF with a cel­e­bra­tion.

“All money raised from the night will go to our life-chang­ing work in some of the poor­est coun­tries in the world. If you can’t make the Glas­gow cèilidh, why not put one on in your own parish or com­mu­nity?”

You can buy tick­ets from the SCIAF of­fice by con­tact­ing SCIAF on 0141 354 5555 or by email­ing events@sciaf. All welcome.

From a small class­room in Ruther­glen, it has be­come a sig­nif­i­cant force for good

Firm friends Ni­cola Stur­geon and Jim Mur­phy put po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences to one side when they vis­ited Ruther­glen this year

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