Doing their bit to help most deprived
Kind- hearted locals at a Cambuslang church have held a massive collection of recyclable items that will help povertystricken youngsters in the developing world.
Parishioners at St Bride’s in Cambuslang have donated around 175 bags of textiles to the Mary’s Meals charity and their Rags to Riches campaign.
The items will be recycled and the profits raised will go directly to helping feed hungry children and give them at least one meal a day.
Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day, attracting them to the classroom where they receive an education which can hopefully be their ladder out of poverty in the future.
Fran Lawson, churches’ fundraising officer for Mary’s Meals, said: “We are extremely grateful to Father Morton and St Bride’s for helping us reach hungry children with Mary’s Meals – through their kindness, they are helping to transform many more young lives.
“The Rags to Riches campaign is a simple way for people to turn their unwanted goods into precious funds which is used by Mary’s Meals to feed the world’s poorest children in the most deprived countries every day they attend school.”
Items which can be recycled include all clothing, towels, curtains, bedding (except pillows and duvets), blankets, handbags, shoes and belts.
Approximately, two or three large bin bags of textiles generates enough funds for Mary’s Meals to feed a child for a whole school year, helping youngsters in countries such as India, Haiti, Uganda, Kenya, Syria and Ecuador.
Last year, Mary’s Meals raised £148,276 from recycling donations in Scotland.
The charity arranges regular clothing collections at chapels and churches throughout Scotland, as well as in London and Dublin.
Mary’s Meals will be visiting St Bartholomew’s and St Margaret Mary’s in Castlemilk on Sunday, June 11 and will then visit St Cadoc’s in Halfway, Cambuslang on Sunday September 24.
Visit www. marysmeals. org. uk for more information on the charity and their work.
The campaign is a simple way for people to turn their unwanted goods into precious funds
Collection Father Paul Morton with some of the goods donated