Bra-vo as King’s Park pro­vide smalls for all

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

King’s Park Church lo­cals have been say­ing bra-vo re­cently – af­ter help­ing do­nate un­der­wear to poverty-stricken women in Africa.

Mem­bers of Burn­side Blair­beth, St Oswald’s and Croft­foot churches have also been help­ing out in the ini­tia­tive, which is run by a Liv­ingston char­ity, Smalls For All.

They have been col­lect­ing un­wanted un­der­wear and send­ing them to Africa to help some of the coun­try’s poor­est women.

Not only is it a health and hy­giene prob­lem for many African women but to women and girls un­der­wear is seen as a sta­tus sym­bol and of­fers a de­gree of se­cu­rity from sex­ual as­sault.

A to­tal of 1000 bras and pants were do­nated and have now been de­liv­ered to the char­ity, who will send them out to coun­tries like Uganda, Malawi and Zam­bia.

Rev San­dra Boyd from King’s Park church said: “A huge thanks to Dot Tracy from King’s Park Church who’s won­der­ful idea this was and who set the wheels in mo­tion.

“There’s also a big thank you to Christina El­lis from Slim­ming World, who have do­nated un­der­wear they have slimmed out of.”

Smalls For All help those liv­ing in or­phan­ages, slums, IDP camps and schools, as well as pro­vid­ing un­der­wear to hos­pi­tals to help those suf­fer­ing from med­i­cal con­di­tions like ob­stet­ric fis­tula.

They are also in­volved in set­ting up ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams in Africa.

Visit www.smalls­forall.org for more in­for­ma­tion on the char­ity’s work. King’s Park paris­hon­ers were also joined by mem­bers from the Lo­cal Churches To­gether – Croft­foot United Free, Christ The King, Croft­foot Parish, St. Oswalds, and To­ry­glen churches for their an­nual pil­grim­age around all the lo­cal churches, the Walk of Wit­ness, just be­fore Easter.

They man­aged to carry out the walk while stay­ing dry, read­ing a pas­sage from the Bible about Christ’s Pas­sion, say­ing a prayer and singing at each church or public spot around the church.

San­dra added: “The walk ended this year at King’s Park Church, where the group en­joyed hot cross buns and the warmth of the church.

“They fin­ished by sit­ting around the cross at 3pm, a sig­nif­i­cant time in the Christian faith as at this mo­ment we be­lieve Je­sus died on the cross, do­ing their fi­nal read­ing and prayer and clos­ing with singing How Deep The Fa­ther’s Love For Us.

“Many thanks for those who car­ried our cross and wit­ness our faith to the com­mu­nity this Easter.”

Smalls For All help those liv­ing in or­phan­ages, slums, IDP camps and schools

Un­der­cover Christina El­lis, Mir­ren Black, Dot Tracy and Rev San­dra Boyd of King’s Park church, as they do­nate un­der­wear to the Smalls for All char­ity

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