Mercy mis­sion heads to Balkans

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A 40ft con­tainer car­ry­ing eight tonnes of hy­giene prod­ucts and six tonnes of cloth­ing col­lected by a Castlemilk-based char­ity will leave on Mon­day on a mercy mis­sion to Ser­bia.

Glas­gow the Car­ing City, in Drakemire Drive, has col­lected up to £160,000 worth of do­na­tions.

The char­ity is await­ing a let­ter of au­thor­ity for the mis­sion, which it hopes to re­ceive from the Red Cross by Fri­day.

The fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion will give the green light for them to head to Ser­bia’s South Backa dis­trict and the Balkan cor­ri­dor of North Hor­gos. There its load will be dis­trib­uted to refugees.

Char­ity founder Rev Neil Gal­braith told the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment yesterday that peo­ple in Scot­land must be per­suaded that this mis­sion is for the long haul.

“The big pri­or­ity will be prepa­ra­tion for when peo­ple come to Scot­land.

“This is a slow burner. Peo­ple who do­nate do not need to rush into this,”he said.

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