Char­ity’s praise for gen­er­ous Ruther­glen

But more do­na­tions are needed

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

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

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