Charity’s praise for generous Rutherglen
But more donations are needed
Charity workers collecting clothing and footwear for crisis- stricken refugees have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
Ross Galbraith, international development manager with Castlemilk- based charity Glasgow the Caring City, says the majority of donations they receive from South Lanarkshire residents come from the two towns.
The charity, which has an established infrastructure on the ground in the Balkans, last Monday launched an appeal to help the estimated 60-100 refugees expected to arrive in Scotland within the next month.
The charity says other mercy agencies such as the Red Cross are assisting with food and first aid. But they are stressing that there is a critical need for clothing and footwear for men, women and children.
According to sources in daily contact with the Castlemilk- based charity, the border with Hungary looks set to close, creating a bottleneck of up to 84,000 refugees a month in an area which has significant social problems and is struck by severe winter conditions.
“We are launching an appeal for people to look into their wardrobes and drawers for clothes and footwear and take them here to our main office at Castlemilk or to their local fire station,” pleaded Ross, who says the charity’s next consignment of aid will leave from South Lanarkshire.
“The goodwill of the people of South Lanarkshire is renowned, and the majority of people who give so generously come from Cambuslang, Rutherglen and Burnside. People in that area are always the ones who lead in getting behind charity campaigns.”
Ross says people should resist the temptation to donate blankets due to lack of storage space and demand.
He added: “No- one could fail to be touched by the photos of little Aylan Kurdi’s body being pulled from Turkish waters. That could have been my son or daughter. That was a genesis movement for change.”
Yet, Ross says the charity still receives negative messages through social media from people who accuse refugees of coming to the UK to claim benefits.
Clothing and footwear can be dropped at the charity’s centre at Unit 12, Linn Park Industrial Estate, Drakemuir Drive, Mon- Fri, or at fire stations seven days a week.
Big-hearted Glasgow the Caring City appeals co-ordinator Ross Galbraith makes a collection of clothes for refugees, with volunteers Ronnie Campbell and Tommy Todd