Do­ing their bit to help most de­prived

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.