MODELS of all ages strutted their stuff on the catwalk for a recent fashion show at St Paul’s Church hall, Milngavie, which raised £1,170 for abandoned street children.
The Justice and Peace Group from St Joseph’s Church staged the very successful event in aid of UK based which protects and supports street children in Colombia.
The children who live and sometimes die in the streets and rubbish dumps of the cities in South America have become known as ‘the disposable ones’. They range from age six to teenagers and they are unloved, unwanted, beaten, robbed, abused, raped and murdered.
Member of the Justice and Peace group, Dorothy Parkin, from Milngavie, said: “A member of the church has close links with this charity and asked us to help them.
“We think it’s an excellent cause so we were happy to do something to raise money for it. The street children have nothing, no parents, no home and nowhere to live.
“Mostly they sleep during the day as it’s safer, if they slept at night they risk being shot as they are regarded as worthless.
“Let the Children Live feeds, educates and offers them a bit of love and compassion.”
The group has previously held similar events to promote Fairtrade and this was the focus of the first half of the evening with clothes provided by Bishopton Trading Company and the Balmore Coach House - with a bit of sparkle added to the occasion after the interval with a range of glamorous evening wear from Debenhams.
The organisers are very grateful to Theresa Kearins from Debenhams for volunteering her time and expertise, to all the models on the night, to St Paul’s Fairtrade group for setting up their very popular Fairtrade stall and to Graham and Helen of St Paul’s for all their help.
The Balmore Coach House stall was another interesting source of early Christmas gifts with its range of jewellery, colourful children’s knitwear and accessories.
George McAleenan, the Scottish promoter of the charity, gave a presentation at the start to highlight the desperate conditions for these street children. He was delighted at the sum of money raised as the charity has suffered in recent times due to the global economic situation and the dramatically dropped value of the pound against the local currency.
The happy faces of rescued former street children on the charity’s Christmas cards is testimony to the enormous and vital work of Let the Children Live.
For more information, go to Let the Children Live’s website - www.LetTheChildrenLive.org