Dressed to im­press

LEAP’s fash­ion show AGM

Rutherglen Reformer - - Chef’s Corner - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­ject ( LEAP) treated vol­un­teers and guests to a spe­cial fash­ion show.

It was staged dur­ing their 23rd an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Cam­bus­lang Parish Church on Mon­day, Septem­ber 7.

The high­light topic for dis­cus­sion was the suc­cess of new pro­ject R: evolve Re­cy­cle, which was set up this year to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­cy­cle un­wanted cloth­ing.

R : e v o l v e p ro j e c t man­ager Wendy Rus­sell said: “Each year, 350,000 tonnes of cloth­ing are thrown out and go to land­fill in the UK and when you con­sider that it takes up to 2600 gal­lons of wa­ter to make one pair of jeans, it re­ally is time we learned about the ef­fects our throw­away cul­ture has on the planet.

“We’ve had so many fan­tas­tic out­fits do­nated, so set­ting up the fash­ion show is a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case what is on of­fer.”

The pro­ject has a swap shop in Ruther­glen on Farmeloan Road, and within 10 weeks of open­ing it took over one and a half tonnes of do­nated cloth­ing from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The suc­cess of the store has led to another shop be­ing set up in Half­way, Cam­bus­lang, to deal with the de­mand.

LEAP is a lo­cal char­ity which was founded in 1992. They are based in Cam­bus­lang and of­fer a va­ri­ety of projects and ser­vices as­sist­ing el­derly peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie opened the meet­ing and praised the progress of LEAP over the last year. James Kelly MSP and lo­cal coun­cil­lors were also in at­ten­dance.

The Hands On Pro­ject is a free be­friend­ing and handyper­son ser­vice of­fered to over 50s. They op­er­ate in nine ar­eas across South La­nark­shire in­clud­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

In the last year, LEAP’s long- run­ning leisure and ac­tiv­ity classes in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, which in­clude things like New Age Kurl­ing, ta­ble ten­nis and arts & crafts, have also ex­panded into Whit­law­burn and Ud­dingston.

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